Penile cancer

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Treatment of stage II penile cancer

The following are treatment options for stage II 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 II penile cancer. The types of surgery are:

  • partial or total penectomy, with or without removal of lymph nodes
  • laser surgery
    • Laser surgery may be offered as part of a clinical trial.

Radiation therapy

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

  • brachytherapy
  • external beam radiation therapy

Radiation therapy may be given:

  • instead of surgery
  • after surgery (adjuvant 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.

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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