Surgery for Penile Cancer

Your Integrated Care Team may recommend the surgical removal of your penile tumor. Your physician team may recommend other treatments in addition to surgery.

We use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible and appropriate, based on your condition.

At Scott & White, treatment goals for penile cancer generally are centered on penis-preserving treatments. Our philosophy is to preserve as much of your penis as reasonable while removing as much cancer as possible.

Surgical Procedures

Surgery is often the first treatment approach for penile cancer.

Simple Excision

In this procedure, your surgeon will remove your tumor and a small margin of surrounding skin. A simple excision is generally performed in your surgeon’s office with local anesthesia.

Wide Excision

In this procedure, your surgeon will remove your tumor and a large margin of surrounding skin. You may need a skin graft. A wide excision is generally performed in your surgeon’s office with local anesthesia.

Mohs Microsurgery

In this procedure, your surgeon will cut away skin and immediately check it under a microscope for cancer. The process is repeated until the skin sample is free of cancer.

Mohs microsurgery is often recommended for small tumors on the surface of the penis. This procedure is generally performed in your surgeon’s office with local anesthesia.

Circumcision

In this procedure, your surgeon will remove the foreskin of your penis and some adjacent skin. Circumcision is generally recommended when the tumor is located on the foreskin. This procedure is generally performed in your surgeon’s office with local anesthesia.

Penectomy

In this procedure, your surgeon will remove all or a significant section or your penis. This procedure is generally recommended if your cancer has spread to the tissues within your penis. If necessary, your physician will reconstruct a urinary channel beneath your scrotum in order for you to urinate while seated in a procedure called a perineal urethrostomy.

Partial Penectomy

In this procedure, your surgeon will remove the end of your penis. This procedure is generally recommended if your tumor is small and near the tip of your penis.

Your surgeon’s goal is to save as much of your penis as reasonable while removing as much cancer as possible.

Penectomies are performed under general anesthesia.

Special Note

As with all operations, there are some risks, including loss of sexual function and fertility. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you.

If you wish to have children, discuss options for fertility and family planning with your physician prior to surgery.

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