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How will my doctor test me for penile cancer?

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  • Your doctor will test you for penile cancer by giving you a physical exam, and talking with you about your symptoms. You doctor also may recommend other tests, such as: A biopsy. The doctor will take a small sample of tissue from the penis or other areas (such as lymph nodes). Lab tests will check it for cancer cells. Fine needle aspiration. The doctor will insert a very thin needle into lymph nodes near the affected area to get fluid from them. Lab tests will show if those nodes contain cancer cells.
  • Imaging tests, like X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, and magnetic resonance imaging. These tests look inside your body for tumors or other signs that cancer has spread.

From: What Is 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 Sabrina Felson on January 30, 2018

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 Sabrina Felson on January 30, 2018

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