Early diagnosis and treatment are critical for the managing penile and urethral cancers, also known as genital cancers.
Penile and Urethral Cancer: What You Need to Know
- Penile and urethral cancers are a group of cancers that affect the penis, scrotum and urethra. They are different from more well-known malignancies, like prostate, bladder and kidney cancers, but urethral cancer may occur in association with bladder cancer.
- Penile and urethral cancers are rare in industrialized countries but are more common in parts of South America, Africa and Asia.
- The goal of treatment is to remove the cancer while preserving sexual and urinary function.
- Penile malignancies are primarily squamous cell carcinomas, although other penile cancers include melanomas, sarcomas and basal cell carcinomas.
Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of penile and urethral cancer?
Our Patient Care
Penile cancer is very curable if caught early, but too few men are diagnosed in time. For those whose disease has spread, urologist Trinity Bivalacqua performs two separate procedures to remove the cancerous tissue and restore urinary function.