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Tests and next steps

You may need more tests to check for penile cancer if a GP refers you to a specialist.

A biopsy is the main test to diagnose penile cancer.

A specialist does this test by taking a sample of tissue from the affected area. It’s done under a local anaesthetic, so you do not feel anything.

A biopsy is usually done on the day of your appointment. You should be able to go home on the same day.

You should get the results of your tests within a few weeks.

You can call the hospital or GP if you're worried. They should be able to update you.

A specialist will explain what the results mean and what will happen next. You may want to bring someone with you for support.

Get support when testing for cancer

If you're concerned or need support before and after your test, you may find it useful to talk to:

You can get more information and advice on coping with penile cancer on Cancer Research UK

Being told you have penile cancer can feel overwhelming. You may be feeling anxious about what will happen next.

A team of specialists will look after you throughout your diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

Your team will include a clinical nurse specialist who will be your main point of contact during and after treatment.

You can ask them any questions you have.

If you’ve been told you have penile cancer, you may need more tests.

These tests, along with the tests you've already had, will help the specialists find out the size of the cancer and how far it's spread (called the stage).

You may need:

  • scans, like an MRI, CT scan, or PET scan
  • a test to see if the lymph nodes in your groin have been affected, which can happen with some penile cancers (called a lymph node biopsy)

You may not have all these tests or any of them.

The specialists will use the results of these tests and work with you to decide on the best treatment plan for you.


Find out more

The men’s cancer charity Orchid has more information: