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What is a prostate biopsy and how is it performed?

What is a prostate biopsy and how is it performed?

Office procedure: Usually done in the office, it is a probe inserted in the rectum to ultrasound your prostate. A nerve block is used to help with the pain. In about 5 minutes, your urologist will sample 10 -12 areas in a systematic fashion. Tissue is then sent to the pathologist for analysis. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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My PSA is a 5, I'm going for a ultrasound guidance prostate biopsy. Is this procedure painful. Is it necessary?

My PSA is a 5, I'm going for a ultrasound guidance prostate biopsy. Is this procedure painful. Is it necessary?

At 55 yes: Prostatic biopsy at 55 is indicated ( yes necessary ) , relatively low low risk out patient procedure , rarely needs strong pain medication for some none after the procedure . ...Read more

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How is a bone test done after a prostate biopsy?

How is a bone test done after a prostate biopsy?

Bone Scan: You get an injection of a radioactive material. Two hours later, you return to nuclear medicine and lay under a machine called gamma camera for about 40 to 45 min for getting pictures of your bone to see if your prostate cancer had spread to the bone. ...Read more

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Is a biopsy the only way to differentiate between prostatitis and prostate cancer?

Is a biopsy the only way to differentiate between prostatitis and prostate cancer?

Usually: A biopsy is the gold standard to not only confirm cancer but to get information on the aggressiveness of the cancer. In rare cases such as a very high psa and with an enlarged prostate or with bone involvement it may be sufficient to assume a diagnosis of prostate cancer. ...Read more

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How is a liver biopsey performed?

How is a liver biopsey performed?

Varies: Thirty years ago, the physician would just tap out the liver and using a suction needle obtain tissue. For the most part today, the liver is seen under ultrasound and a spring-loaded needle obtains the tissue. ...Read more

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How is a liver biop performed?

How is a liver biop performed?

Interventional Rads: Usually a liver biopsy is performed by an interventional radiologist. They use an ultrasound machine to image your liver, clean off the skin with beta dine and numb the surface of your skin up with a local anesthetic . They may give you a very mild sedative and then they pass needle through your skin and access the liver tissue ...Read more

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Is a testicular biopsy done to look for sperm?

Is a testicular biopsy done to look for sperm?

Yes and No: A testicular biopsy, done in conjunction with ivf / icsi, can be done to look for sperm in different poles of the testicle or different sides. It is also a diagnostic procedure to discover the cause of lack of sperm in the semen or azospermia. ...Read more

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Which test is recommended for checking that prostate cancer is organ-contained? A needle biopsy or a Trans-rectal MRI?

Which test is recommended for checking that prostate cancer is organ-contained?  A needle biopsy or a Trans-rectal MRI?

Radiography: Needle biopsy will only reveal tumor cells within the prostate gland. Usually, multiple core biopsies are obtained as cancer cells can be scattered throughout the prostate gland. To determine if the cancer has spread beyond the prostate locally, transrectal ultrasound or MRI would be more appropriate. To evaluate for metastatic disease, CT or PET scanning would be modalities of choice. ...Read more

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My psa is 12 and a biopsy is scheduled. How likely is cancer?

My psa is 12 and a biopsy is scheduled. How likely is cancer?

Await biopsy results: Psa is a marker for prostate cancer, but it is not very specific, since it can be elevated in enlarged prostates or infections. For this reason, we try not to cause undue anxiety with a prediction. Risk calculators do exist, based on the results of 5, 519 men from the placebo arm of the pcpt trial. A version can be found at: http://deb.Uthscsa.Edu/uroriskcalc/pages/uroriskcalc.Jsp. ...Read more

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How is a liver biopsy performed and how long is this procedure?

How is a liver biopsy performed and how long is this procedure?

Uses imaging: Either ct scan or ultrasound for guidance. Small amount of sedation. Skin will be numbed with lidocaine. Small needle will take samples. See radiologyinfo.Org. ...Read more

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Is it normal to need a transrectal ultrasound with prostate biopsy?

Is it normal to need a transrectal ultrasound with prostate biopsy?

Yes: Helps with aiming biopsy needle to toward suspected tumor nodules in suspected prostate cancer. ...Read more

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What is the new fna molecular marker test by veracyte. Is it a very good biopsy technique for papillary cancer?Please explain http://www.Veracyte.Com

What is the new fna molecular marker test by veracyte. Is it a very good biopsy technique for papillary cancer?Please explain
http://www.Veracyte.Com

Hmmm...: Seems to be a lot of queries on the topic of thyroid cancer these past few days; and my answer is still the same so please refer to my earlier post(s) the best test for you is the one your doctor orders; as far as the compnay the makes the test that decision is usually up to the lab that processes the pathology; best to leave this to the experts(oncologists/endocrinologists/hospitals) involved. ...Read more

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In what way is a brain biopsy performed?

In what way is a brain biopsy performed?

Brain biopsy: When a diagnosis involving the brain is unclear then a brain biopsy is performed. A small burr hole is created in the skull. Then the dura mater is opened to expose the brain. In some cases, computers provide a 3D mapping of the brain to assist the neurosurgeon in localizing the lesion of interest (stereotactic guidance). Then a biopsy needle or a microscope is used to sample the tissue. ...Read more

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Is a cystoscopy usually performed before a person undergoes a routine prostate needle biopsy?

Sometimes: This can only be answered by your doctor. If i see someone for a biopsy, i usually do not do a cystoscopy. ...Read more

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Is the prostate needle biopsy a risky thing to do?

Is the prostate needle biopsy a risky thing to do?

Little: Prostate biopsy is done transrectally--meaning going through the tissue in your rectum/anus area and carries a very small risk of infection and bleeding. It is certainly not fun, but overall it is considered a pretty safe procedure, done routinely in the doctor's (urologist office)... ...Read more

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How is a breast ultrasound done?

How is a breast ultrasound done?

Jelly; probe: Ultrasound operator places some aqueous jelly on the breast ; then scans using ultrasound probe, about size of a cany bar. Probe is moved back ; forth whilst operator watches a video screen. Jelly is wiped off at end of study. Operator is either a dr/radiologist, dr/gynecologist (if trained) or an ultrasound technician ; study is reviewed by a dr. ...Read more

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What is an imaging test for prostate cancer?

What is an imaging test for prostate cancer?

Many: The common imaging tests in prostate cancer evaluation include ct and MRI of the pelvis and prostate, bone scan, pet-ct bone scan with naf-18 tracer, and rarely the prostascint test. Most cases need a basic ct scan and a bone scan. ...Read more

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What test is used to confirm prostate cancer is gone?

PSA: Psa is an excellent way to monitor response to most prostate cancer treatments. After surgery, the ideal result would be less than 0.01 ng/dl. After radiation, a low (less than 0.5 to 1), stable level indicates a good result. A discussion with your doctor regarding your specific situation is most important since every case is unique. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a needle directed biopsy and a sentinel node biopsy?

Size: A needle-directed biopsy means a hollow needle is stuck into a tumor or lymph node, and only the amount of tissue that fits inside the needle is removed. A sentinel node biopsy removes several lymph nodes entirely and the entire lymph node is examined under the microscope. A sentinel node biopsy requires an injection ahead of time to see which nodes are first in the chain of lymph nodes. ...Read more

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If a pet scann was done and an enlarged lymph node was found but no cancer cells showed up and a team of doctors decided it was a growth is it cancer?

If a pet scann was done and an enlarged lymph node was found but no cancer cells showed up and a team of doctors decided it was a growth is it cancer?

Need more info: Positron emission tomography or pet scans are pretty accurate for met disease, with out knowing the type or stage of disease, with info you gave , that your doctors are right, you need more work up like biopsy of thee area to see the cancer cells.Please follow your doctors advise , or if you are not sure take a second opinion with out delay and under go treatments for cure. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more