Penile cancer behaves differently in each man, and a standard follow-up schedule would not work for everyone. Men with penile cancer should talk to their doctor about a follow-up plan that suits their individual situation. Follow-up care is often shared among the cancer specialists (oncologists), surgeon, urologist and family doctor.
After treatment has ended, new symptoms and symptoms that don’t go away should be reported to the doctor without waiting for the next scheduled appointment. These may include:
The chance of penile cancer recurring is greatest within the first year, so close follow-up is needed during this time.
Follow-up after penile cancer treatment varies. Follow-up visits are usually scheduled:
During a follow-up visit, the doctor usually asks questions about the side effects of treatment and how the person is coping. The doctor may do a complete physical examination, including:
Tests may be ordered as part of follow-up or if the doctor suspects the cancer has come back (recurred).
If a recurrence is found during follow-up, the oncology team will assess the person with cancer to determine the best treatment options.
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.