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Treatment

Penile cancer is more treatable if it's found early.

The treatment you need will depend on:

Treatment for early cancer often involves non-surgical treatments, for example, a chemotherapy cream such as 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), and laser therapy.

If the cancer is found later, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

You’ll have a specialist team made up of doctors and nurses, and other health professionals if needed.

Your team will explain your treatments including all your regular check-ups during and after treatments, plus tests and scans if you need them. They will support you throughout.

If you're worried about anything, talk to your team. You do not need to wait for your next check-up to ask any questions.

Penile cancer is more treatable if it’s found early when it has not spread.

Treatment can include destroying the cancer cells with:

You may also have an operation to remove either:

Surgery for penile cancer can include removing:

Recovery from some of these surgeries may take time.

Surgery may affect how your penis looks, such as the size or shape.

This may affect how you feel about your body. You may have many questions and worries about how you'll pee or have sex.

The specialist team looking after you can answer any questions you have about your surgery.

They'll explain exactly what surgery means for you, how it will affect you and what your options are.

Reconstructive surgery may be possible if your penis needs to be removed. This uses skin and muscle from other parts of the body to create a working penis.

Chemotherapy uses medicines to kill cancer cells.

You may have chemotherapy for penile cancer:

Radiotherapy uses high-energy rays of radiation to kill cancer cells.

You may have radiotherapy for penile cancer:

Your team should include support staff and a counsellor or therapist who you can talk to.

The men’s cancer charity Orchid has a national helpline on 0808 802 0010 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30 am to 5.30 pm).