Rationale and key points 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. Reflective activity Clinical skills articles can help update your practice and ensure it remains evidence based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of: 1. How you would identify a patient with post-biopsy sepsis. 2. Psychological support needs of a patient undergoing prostate biopsy. Subscribers can upload their reflective accounts at rcni.com/portfolio .
Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987). 2016 Apr 06 [Epub]
Bruce Turner, Lawrence Drudge-Coates
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust., King's College Hospital, London, England.