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Penile Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Stages of Penile Cancer

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Stage I

In stage I, cancer has formed and spread to connective tissue just under the skin of the penis. Cancer has not spread to lymph vessels or blood vessels. The tumor cells look a lot like normal cells under a microscope.

Stage II

In stage II, cancer has spread:

  • to connective tissue just under the skin of the penis. Also, cancer has spread to lymph vessels or blood vessels or the tumor cells may look very different from normal cells under a microscope; or
  • through connective tissue to erectile tissue (spongy tissue that fills with blood to make an erection); or
  • beyond erectile tissue to the urethra.

Stage III

Stage III is divided into stage IIIa and stage IIIb.

In stage IIIa, cancer has spread to one lymph node in the groin. Cancer has also spread:

  • to connective tissue just under the skin of the penis. Also, cancer may have spread to lymph vessels or blood vessels or the tumor cells may look very different from normal cells under a microscope; or
  • through connective tissue to erectile tissue (spongy tissue that fills with blood to make an erection); or
  • beyond erectile tissue to the urethra.

In stage IIIb, cancer has spread to more than one lymph node on one side of the groin or to lymph nodes on both sides of the groin. Cancer has also spread:

  • to connective tissue just under the skin of the penis. Also, cancer may have spread to lymph vessels or blood vessels or the tumor cells may look very different from normal cells under a microscope; or
  • through connective tissue to erectile tissue (spongy tissue that fills with blood to make an erection); or
  • beyond erectile tissue to the urethra.

Stage IV

In stage IV, cancer has spread:

  • to tissues near the penis such as the prostate, and may have spread to lymph nodes in the groin or pelvis; or
  • to one or more lymph nodes in the pelvis, or cancer has spread from the lymph nodes to the tissues around the lymph nodes; or
  • to distant parts of the body.
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Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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