What is penile cancer?
Penile cancer is a type of malignant tumour that originates in the tissues that cover the penis. It is rare in developed countries, where the incidence rate is less than 1 in 100,000 men. It typically occurs in individuals of approximately 50 years of age, and studies exist that indicate a close correlation between human papillomavirus (HPV) and penile cancer. It can develop in any part of this sex organ, although it is most common for it to appear under the foreskin of uncircumcised men or in the glans. Early detection is essential if a conservative treatment of the penis is to be carried out.
- Alteration of the colouration of the skin of the penis.
- A lesion or protuberance with an uneven appearance, which may appear similar to a wart or a sore. In some cases there will be no associated pain.
- Occasional bleeding.
Penile cancer treatment
The objective of penile cancer treatment is to treat the primary tumour and the lymph nodes, this will depend on the size and location of the tumour as well as the degree to which it has spread to other structures.
At the Serrate & Ribal Institute our priority is to preserve the quality of life of the patient. Our team of specialists will strive to preserve as much of the organ as possible, through a variety of surgical techniques with which they have extensive experience: