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Prostate Biopsy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about a prostate biopsy?

A prostate biopsy is a procedure to remove samples of tissue from your prostate gland. The prostate is a male sex gland that makes fluid found in semen. It is located just below the bladder. After the samples are removed, they are sent to a lab and tested for cancer.

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How do I prepare for a prostate biopsy?

What will happen during a prostate biopsy?

What should I expect after a prostate biopsy?

What are the risks of a prostate biopsy?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection in your urinary tract or prostate gland. The infection may spread to your blood and the rest of your body. Your bladder may not empty completely when you urinate. You may need a catheter to help empty your bladder for a short period of time. Cancer cells may be missed during your biopsy procedure. You may need another prostate biopsy to check for cancer again.

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