Penile cancer

Diagnosis

If your healthcare provider believes you may have penile cancer, you will need certain exams and tests to be sure.

You should expect to be asked questions about your health history, your symptoms, risk factors, and family history of disease. Understanding your background will help your provider make a diagnosis.

You may have one of the following tests:

  • Imaging Test. An X-ray image or CT scan may reveal any abnormalities that your healthcare providers are searching for.
  • Biopsy Tissue Sample. A biopsy removes tissue or cells to be checked by a pathologist under a microscope. Results from a biopsy help determine if abnormal cells are cancer. Your doctor may perform this procedure in a variety of ways including incisional biopsy, excisional biopsy and lymph node biopsy. Ask your provider about your specific type of biopsy to learn more.

Getting your test results

Following your test, your nurse navigator will inform you when you can expect the results of your imaging test or biopsy. Further management will be recommended at that time.

Learn more

For more information on diagnosis, treatment and more of penile cancer, visit our penile cancer information pages below.

Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.

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