Penile cancer

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Treatment of stage I penile cancer

The following are treatment options for stage I penile cancer. The types of treatments given are based on the unique needs of the person with cancer.

Surgery

Surgery is the primary treatment for stage I penile cancer. The types of surgery are:

  • circumcision
  • wide local excision
    • The tumour is removed along with a margin of normal tissue around it.
  • Mohs surgery
  • partial or total penectomy, with or without lymph node removal
  • laser surgery
    • Laser surgery may be offered as part of a clinical trial.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy may be offered for stage I penile cancer in men who do not wish to have surgery. The types of radiation therapy are:

  • brachytherapy
  • external beam radiation therapy

Clinical trials

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

laser surgery

A surgical technique that uses a laser (an intense beam of light) to make bloodless cuts in tissue.

Laser surgery may be used to remove abnormal tissue on the surface of an organ or the skin, remove blockages or stop bleeding.

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Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.

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