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Prostate biopsy

A prostate biopsy may be recommended by your doctor when laboratory test results (e.g. prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, levels) suggest the presence of prostate cancer.

This procedure involves removing samples of suspicious tissue from the prostate gland. Using a needle, the urologist collects a specific number of samples that will then be analyzed by a pathologist in an effort to detect signs of cancer.

Term of the Week

Hot zone

A hot zone is a section of a facility (sometimes an entire facility or even a city district) where there is a high risk of contamination by patients with an infectious disease. All individuals entering a hot zone must respect appropriate protective measures. By analogy, “cold zone” and “warm zone” are used to refer to areas where there is no infected individual or only individuals suspected of having an infection.