Cancers of the penis, scrotum and urethra (also known as genital cancers) can have a serious impact on urinary and sexual function, so early diagnosis and treatment are critical. Symptoms of penile and scrotal cancers may include skin growths, changes to the color and texture of the skin, and abnormal discharge or bleeding. Urethral cancer does not always cause symptoms in early stages, but later it can cause urinary pain or difficulty, bleeding or a visible growth.
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Genital Cancers: Why Choose Johns Hopkins
- Our surgeons are highly skilled and have extensive experience treating urethral cancers in both men and women, including malignancies associated with bladder cancer and those that arise separately.
- Our team provides comprehensive treatment for all types of penile malignancies, including squamous cell carcinomas, melanomas, sarcomas and basal cell carcinomas.
- You will receive personalized care from our multidisciplinary team throughout every step of treatment.
What to Expect
At your appointment, your surgeon will review your clinical history, perform a physical exam and order additional testing if necessary. Our goal with genital cancer treatment is to successfully remove the cancer while preserving your sexual and urinary function.
Treatment varies depending on the type and stage of cancer, but may involve local topical therapies, minor excisions, genital-preserving surgery or extensive excisions that require genital reconstruction. Radiation and/or chemotherapy may also be necessary.
Our surgeons, oncologists and other team members will collaborate to develop an individualized treatment plan for you.