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Biopsy Isn’t Fun but Can Put Your Mind at Ease

Dr. David Wise NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center

Getting a prostate biopsy is a fairly short procedure and you’ll be home the same day. A needle is inserted into the rectum in order to reach the prostate gland and MRI imaging can be used to guide the ultrasound probe.

A pathologist will investigate the tissue samples taken to determine whether cancer cells are present and how much is there. Then the pathologist will determine a Gleason score, which is a way to describe the aggressiveness of the cancer cells and how normal or atypical they look under the microscope. “The more they look like a normal prostate gland, the less dangerous they are,” says Dr. David Wise, a medical oncologist at NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center.

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Dr. David Wise is a medical oncologist at NYU Langone where he specializes in working with people who have prostate cancer. Read More