Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Tests

Advanced tests to diagnose prostate cancer.

If your doctor suspects that you may have prostate cancer, our experts are here to provide you with a quick and accurate testing and diagnosis. If your test shows you have prostate cancer, our prostate cancer team will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan.

What happens if my screening test indicates that I could have prostate cancer?

If a screening test indicates that you may have prostate cancer, our team will conduct a biopsy to determine your diagnosis. We offer several types of advanced biopsy techniques, including:

  • MRI targeted biopsy: Uses state-of-the-art technology to combine MRI imaging with real-time ultrasound images to accurately and safely guide the biopsy procedure. This technique allows for a one-stop diagnostic process for prostate cancer with results in less than 48 hours.
  • Transperineal prostate biopsy: A safer prostate biopsy technique that uses a transperineal approach, which avoids the traditional approach through the rectum to minimize the risk of infection, the need for antibiotics, or the need to stop aspirin.
  • Transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) and biopsy: This procedure involves a narrow ultrasound probe to be inserted into the rectum. The ultrasound probe sends and receives sound waves that create images of the prostate gland and the tissue that surrounds it. Your doctor may recommend doing a biopsy of the prostate gland during this procedure.

Learn more about our one-stop process for prostate biopsies.

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

The only way to know for sure whether you have prostate cancer is for us to perform a biopsy, in which we take a sample of the unusual tissue from your prostate.

The tissue sample will be examined under a microscope. If cancer cells are found, they will be given a rank from 2-10 using a method called the Gleason score. A high ranking on the Gleason score suggests that the cancer is the most aggressive or abnormal type, and it is likely to quickly spread.

When the biopsy shows that prostate cancer is present, more tests may be done to determine if the cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body. It is important to know where the cancer cells have moved to create a personalized treatment plan.

Newly diagnosed?

Contact the cancer team 24/7 by calling (888) 777-4167

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