Prostate Cancer (cont.)
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When the findings of the physical exam, DRE, and PSA level, suggest that a cancer might be present in the prostate, the diagnosis must be confirmed by biopsy (taking a sample of the tumor). The sample of tumor tissue is then examined by a pathologist, (doctor who specializes in diagnosing diseases by microscopic evaluation) to confirm the presence of cancer.
Main indication for prostate biopsy:
According to AUA guidelines there is no single threshold value of PSA that should prompt biopsy. Although the decision to take a biopsy is to be based primarily on PSA and DRE, it should take into consideration other factors such as PSA velocity, family history, ethnicity, prior biopsy results, and underlying medical conditions.
Pathology biopsy results:
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