How to perform transrectal ultrasound and prostate biopsy
Bruce Turner Nurse consultant, uro-oncology, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, England
Lawrence Drudge-Coates Urological oncology clinical nurse specialist, King’s College Hospital, London, England
This article aims to help nurses to support patients who require a prostate biopsy to diagnose or exclude prostate cancer. Nurses will also gain an understanding of the procedure for transrectal biopsy.
A transrectal biopsy is commonly used to access the prostate.
Indications for a biopsy include elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen in the blood, identification of abnormal areas on digital rectal examination and active surveillance of low-risk prostate cancer.
The healthcare professional uses an ultrasound probe to guide them to specific areas of the prostate to obtain biopsy specimens.
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Nursing Standard. 30, 32, 36-39. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.32.36.s42Correspondence
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Received: 02 July 2015
Accepted: 01 February 2016