Urethral cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the urethra. The cancer form is rare and occurs more often in women than in men. There are different types of urethral cancer that begin in cells that line the urethra.
The possible signs of urethral cancer are bleeding or trouble with urination; however, there are other conditions can cause the same symptoms. See a doctor when there is a bleeding from the urethra or blood in the urine, weak or interrupted ("stop-and-go") flow of urine, frequent urge to urinate, a lump or thickness in the perineum or penis, discharge from the urethra and enlarged lymph nodes in the groin area.
The treatment options for urethral cancer depend on the stage of the cancer, its location, general health, when the cancer was diagnosed and has it recurred.
The prognosis depends on the stage and size of the cancer (whether it is in only one area or has spread to other areas), where in the urethra the cancer first formed, general health and whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has recurred (come back).
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