In order to determine the presence and malignancy of a tumor, the pathologist examines the tissue removed from the prostate for the presence of malignant cells. The material may come from a biopsy or transurethral resection of the prostate (TUR-P). Important for the evaluation are the structure of the tissue (histology) and the appearance of the cells (cytology). The more precise the pathological findings with regard to the extent, localisation and aggressiveness of the tumor, the more specific a patient can be treated for prostate cancer.
For this purpose, the West German Prostate Center has been working together with PD Dr. W. Mellin and Dr. B. Melzer from the Institute of Pathology and Cytology more than 15 years. For the histopathological and immunohistological examination of prostate biopsies and surgical preparations, the two specialists have a wide range of state-of-the-art examination techniques (including immunohistochemistry and DNA cytometry) at their disposal.