So how is Penile Cancer treated ?
Depending on the stage in which the Cancer has progressed will greatly determine what treatment is given.
PENILE CANCER TREATMENT
Each man with penile cancer will have a treatment plan designed for him by his health care team.
The team will recommend treatment options based on specific characteristics of the cancer and the unique needs of the man. A treatment plan for penile cancer may include one or more of the following:
A circumcision may be an option when only the foreskin needs to be removed.
Mohs micrographic surgery may be an option to treat small, early stage penile cancer.
A wide local excision may be done to remove the tumour and some of the normal tissue around it.
Curettage and electrodessication is one surgical option that may be used for small superficial cancers of the penis.
A penectomy is done to remove part of the penis (partial penectomy) or all of the penis (total penectomy).
Lymph nodes in the groin may also be removed with surgery (lymph node dissection).
External beam radiation therapy or brachytherapy can be used as alternates to surgery for treating early stage (T0, T1 and T2) penile cancer.
External beam radiation therapy can also be used to relieve symptoms of advanced cancer.
Topical chemotherapy is sometimes used to treat precancerous conditions or small superficial penile tumors.
Sometimes systematic chemotherapy is used to treat advanced penile cancer.
Laser surgery may be an option for treating precancerous conditions or small, very early stage penile cancer.
Cryosurgery may be an option for treating precancerous conditions or small, very early stage penile cancer.
A biological therapy cream is sometimes used to treat precancerous conditions or small, very early stage penile cancer.