Why do I have to get a biopsy?
A biopsy offers a definitive diagnosis of cancer. Imaging studies and blood work can show the doctor if there is an abnormality and where it is located, but the doctor cannot definitively determine that the tumor is malignant based on a scan. During a biopsy, your doctor removes a piece of the tissue and sends it to a pathology lab. There, a trained pathologist analyzes it and determines whether it is cancerous.
A biopsy is a surgical procedure, but it is done on an outpatient basis and you are usually able to return to your regular activities immediately. Learn more about prostate biopsies