After My Prostate Biopsy

Once your prostate biopsy has been performed, the sample is sent to Metamark where a pathologist (a doctor who specializes in diagnosing disease in tissue samples) carefully inspects the sample under a microscope to determine if it contains cancer cells. 


Depending on the laboratory, you will typically receive your results in 1 – 3 days.

Your prostate biopsy results will indicate whether the tumor tissue from your biopsy is benign (does not contain cancer) or malignant (does contain cancer). 

The Gleason Score

Your prostate biopsy results will typically include a Gleason Score, which is an overall score from 2 to 10, based on how abnormal your cells appear under a microscope. 

The Gleason Score is comprised of two individual grades describing the tumor pattern. 

For example, a Gleason Score of 7 may made up of a 3+4 or a 4+3. This differentiation will be important, as a grade of 3+4 is considered more aggressive than a grade of 4+3.

An overall Gleason Score of:

  • 2 – 4 means your cells look fairly normal, and do not pose an immediate threat
  • 5 – 7 means your cells indicate an intermediate risk of disease
  • 8 – 10 means your cells do not appear normal and are likely to be more aggressive

Be proactive about your treatment decision.

Once you receive your prostate biopsy results, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your options to get more information to determine the right path of treatment for you. In addition to your prostate biopsy analysis and report, Metamark offers several advanced follow-up tests to provide even more personalized information about your specific prostate cancer.

Benign/Negative biopsy result? Learn about Progensa® PCA3.

Malignant/Positive biopsy result? Learn about ProMark®.

Atypical/HGPIN biopsy result? Ask your doctor about PTEN/ERG.


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