Alternate Therapies for Penile Cancer

Your Integrated Care Team may recommend one or more alternate therapies for your penile cancer if you are not a good candidate for traditional treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

In some cases, alternate therapies may be recommended as salvage therapies for patients whose cancer has returned.

Laser Surgery

In this procedure, your physician will use a high-powered light beam to kill tumor cells. This therapy is generally most effective for some early-stage squamous cell carcinomas.

This procedure is generally performed in your physician’s office with local anesthesia.


Cryotherapy is a form of freezing your tumor to kill it.

In this procedure, using laparoscopy, your physician will insert a needle, guided by CT, into your tumor. Your physician will then direct inert gas into your tumor through the needle to kill all penile cancer cells.

Cryotherapy is also called cryosurgery.

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