Jefferson University Hospitals

Penile Cancer

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Penile cancer is very rare. Less than 1,300 men are diagnosed in the United States each year with this condition. Most penile cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (these are cancers that begin as flat cells lining the penis).

Symptoms of penile cancer may include sores, discharge, bleeding or a lump on the penis. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should consult your physician for a diagnosis.

If you are diagnosed with penile cancer, the specialists of Jefferson's Department of Urology and Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Center can guide you through your treatment options. Depending upon the stage of the cancer and the location and size of the tumor, you may require surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Our Center is one of only a handful in the U.S. dedicated to advanced patient care for prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular and other urologic cancers. As one of only six cancer centers in the nation designated as a Center of Excellence by Fertile Hope, Jefferson provides reproductive support to cancer patients and survivors whose cancer treatment may pose risks to fertility.

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated clinical cancer center for excellence in cancer care and research.