Referral, investigation, and treatment

In the UK, men diagnosed with penile cancer will be referred to a regional specialist centre or supranetwork. These centres have surgeons who specialise in treating penile cancer, along with supportive services.

As well as an MRI or CT scan, men may undergo a Dynamic Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy to determine the extent of the disease (see video below). This procedure can cause lymphoedema.

Following a Multi-Disciplinary Team discussion (MDT) of all results, treatment will be recommended and will usually involve surgery. The aim of surgical treatment is to preserve as much of the penis as possible while removing all the cancer.

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    Reviewed November 2023