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Treatment Options for Penile Cancer

Doctors are constantly finding new ways to improve treatments for penile cancer. You should learn all you can about penile cancer and your treatment choices so that you can take an active part in decisions about your care: 
Your treatment choices will depend on these things.

Most men also want to know how they will function after treatment and whether they will have to change their normal activities. The doctor is the best person to answer questions about your treatment choices, how successful treatment will be, what the risks and side effects may be, and how much it is likely to cost.

Types of treatment

Treatment for penile cancer is either local or systemic. Local treatments remove, destroy, or control the cancer cells in one area. Surgery, radiation therapy, and topical chemotherapy are local treatments. Systemic treatments are used to destroy or control cancer cells throughout the entire body. Chemotherapy is used when cancer has spread.

You may have just one of these treatments, or you may have a combination:

Doctors are always finding new ways to treat penile cancer. These new methods are tested in clinical trials. Before beginning treatment, ask your doctor if there are any clinical trials you should consider. 

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