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.
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.