DEAR DOCTOR K: My last PSA test result was abnormal, so my doctor has scheduled a prostate biopsy. What can I expect? Is there anything I can do to make the procedure more comfortable and reduce the risk of complications?
DEAR READER: An abnormal prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test result often leads to a prostate biopsy. A biopsy is the only way to confirm the presence of cancer.The most common biopsy procedure is guided with transrectal ultrasound. While you lie on your side, the doctor inserts an ultrasound probe into your rectum. Ultrasound is like a tiny little radar device.