Penile cancer

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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

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

Radiation therapy may be offered for recurrent penile cancer. The types of radiation therapy are:

  • external beam radiation therapy
  • brachytherapy

Radiation therapy may be given:

  • instead of surgery
  • after surgery (adjuvant radiation therapy)

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy may be offered for recurrent penile cancer.

Clinical trials

Men with penile cancer may be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. For more information, go to clinical trials.

adjuvant therapy

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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