What is Penile Cancer?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 22, 2011

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  • Malignant cells form in the tissues of the penis.
  • The cancer affects both types of erectile tissue.
  • Creams and minor surgery helps cancer in early stages.
  • In advanced stages - surgery, radiotherapy and chemo.

Penile cancer is a medical condition in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the penis. The penis is a rod-shaped male reproductive organ that passes sperm and urine from the body.


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Penis contains two types of erectile tissue (spongy tissue with blood vessels that fill with blood to make an erection), these are as follows.

  • Corpora cavernosa – The two columns of erectile tissue that form most of the penis.
  • Corpus spongiosum – The single column of erectile tissue that forms a small portion of the penis. The corpus spongiosum surrounds the urethra (the tube through which urine and sperm pass from the body).

The erectile tissue is wrapped in connective tissue and covered with skin. The glans (head of the penis) is covered with loose skin called the foreskin.

There are a number of factors which help your specialists plan your treatment. These are the type and size of the cancer, whether the cancer has spread (the stage), general health and age.

When the cancer is in the early stages, doctors can use various ways for treatment. You might be recommended creams or suggested minor surgery. For penile cancer that is not in the very earliest stage, you may have surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.



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