What is penile cancer?

Penile cancer occurs when the cells in the tissue of the penis begin to grow abnormally and at a fast rate. Most penile cancers are squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer begins in the flat skin cells of the penis or in the glans. Squamous cell penile cancer is slow moving and can be cured if caught early.

Penile cancer treatment

Cancer of the penis is very rare, accounting for less than 1% of cancers in men. But even though it's rare, with early detection, penile cancer is highly curable. At Baylor Scott & White Health, we understand your anxiety and fear. Our team will compassionately provide you advanced cancer care.

Your treatment plan will be determined by your care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of penile cancer, and personal preferences. Penile cancer treatment options may include:

  • Surgery
    • Simple excision
    • Electrodessication and curettage
    • Cryosurgery
    • Mohs surgery
    • Laser surgery
    • Wide local excision
    • Circumcision
    • Amputation
    • Inguinal lymphadenectomy

Specialized centers for penile cancer care

Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas

The Genitourinary Cancer Research and Treatment Center at Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas treats more genitourinary (GU) cancer patients than any other cancer program in the region and excels in the management of complex and advanced high-risk cases.

Baylor Scott & White Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center – Temple

Baylor Scott & White Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center – Temple, located in Temple, Texas, offers an integrated care team for GU cancer. The GU cancer team uses treatments including robotic, laparoscopic and macroscopic surgery and radiation therapy.