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How is penile cancer treated?

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It depends on the stage. If your cancer is in the early stages, your treatment may include:

Later stage treatments can include those above and:

  • A medicine that goes on your skin as a cream
  • Cryotherapy, a procedure that uses an extremely cold liquid or a device to freeze and destroy tissue that contains cancer
  • Mohs surgery, in which doctors remove affected skin, one layer at a time, until they reach normal, healthy tissue
  • Lasers to cut and destroy areas that contain cancer
  • Circumcision, which is surgery to remove the foreskin. You would have this procedure if you only had cancer in your foreskin.
  • Surgery to remove your lymph nodes if your cancer has spread to them
  • Radiation and/or chemotherapy to rid your body of cancer cells
  • A penectomy, which is surgery to remove some or all of your penis

From: Penile Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Signs and Symptoms of Penile Cancer.”

Cancer Research UK: “Risks and Causes of Penile Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “General Information About Penile Cancer”; “Penile Cancer Treatment.”

Adam Ramin, MD, urologist, Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA; founder and medical director, Urology Cancer Specialists, Los Angeles.

Urology Care Foundation: “Penile Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 9, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Signs and Symptoms of Penile Cancer.”

Cancer Research UK: “Risks and Causes of Penile Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “General Information About Penile Cancer”; “Penile Cancer Treatment.”

Adam Ramin, MD, urologist, Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA; founder and medical director, Urology Cancer Specialists, Los Angeles.

Urology Care Foundation: “Penile Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 9, 2020

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