The Prostate Biopsy
December 5, 2009 by Prostate Dr.
The prostate biopsy is an important part of the diagnosis process of cancer, and this is because an accurate and early estimation of tumor grade significantly helps prostate cancer patients in their management of prostate disorders.
There are many kinds of biopsies: lung, breast, liver etc. and of course, prostate biopsies.
The etimology of this word sais it all: Biopsy= bios (greek- life) + opsis (greek- view).
So it's a "slice" of a living organ[ism] which alows us to draw precise conclusions and not base all our diagnosis on different variable parameters (such as the PSA levels).
The removal of cells or tissues (in our case, the prostate cancer cells), for the purpose of being analyzed by a pathologist.
In the case of prostatic cancer diagnosis, the cells are later examined by the pathologist to determine whether ot not they are cancerous. There a mainly 3 types of biopsies:
- Incisional biopsy- only a sample of tissue is removed.
- Excisional biopsy- an entire lump or suspicious area is removed (e.g. TURP- Transurethral Resection of the Prostate)
- Needle biopsy, core biopsy, or fine-needle aspiration (this is the type usually performed in the diagnosis phase of prostate cancer)- a sample of tissue or fluid is removed with a needle
Bx- shorthand for biopsy.
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