Treatment of recurrent penile cancer
The following are treatment options for recurrent penile cancer. The types of treatments given are based on the unique needs of the person with cancer. The treatment for recurrent cancer depends on where the cancer comes back and what treatments were used before.
Surgery may be offered for recurrent penile cancer. The type of surgery is:
- total or partial penectomy (in men who still have a penis)
- removal of lymph nodes
Radiation therapy may be offered for recurrent penile cancer. The types of radiation therapy are:
- external beam radiation therapy
Radiation therapy may be given:
- instead of surgery
- after surgery (adjuvant radiation therapy)
Chemotherapy may be offered for recurrent penile cancer.
Men with penile cancer may be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. For more information, go to clinical trials.
Treatment given in addition to the first-line therapy (the first or standard treatment) to help reduce the risk of a disease (such as cancer) coming back (recurring).
Adjuvant therapy is often given when doctors do not know for sure if any cancer cells remain in the body after the first-line therapy.
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