What are the different types of prostate biopsy?
A biopsy is a key step in confirming a possible diagnosis of prostate cancer. It involves using thin needles to take small samples of prostate tissue, which are then looked at through a microscope. A biopsy might target specific areas of the prostate (targeted biopsy), or take samples from different areas of the prostate (template biopsy).
At the moment, most biopsies are done using the transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) technique. This is where the needle goes through the wall of the back passage (rectum). However, it is becoming more common for a transperineal (TP) technique to be used. This is where the needle goes through the perineum, which is the skin between the testicles and the back passage.
An advantage of the TP biopsy is that it can now be performed using local anaesthetic. If there aren’t any problems, you will be able to go home from hospital on the same day.
Having any type of prostate biopsy can cause side effects, including urinary and sexual problems. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the possible side effects before having a biopsy, or call our Specialist Nurses on 0800 074 8383.