What is the treatment for urethral cancer?

The urethra is quite. Sort in comparison to men. Also, this thankfullly rare tumor extends beyond the urethra to invade adjacent tissue. Surgery may require urinary diversion, penectomy in men, and radiotherapy is added sometimes supplemented with chemotherapy.
Surgery. Affected are of urethra should be excised with an adequate margin. This may require partial or total amputation of penis. May also require inguinal lymph node dissection. Urethral cancer is sometimes associated with bladder cancer in both men and women. This can be treated with removal of bladder together with entire urethra plus urinary diversion.

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What are the tests for urethral cancer?

Find and biopsy. A cystoscope will be passed into the urethra and a piece of any suspicious area will be taken and sent to the pathologist. Patients with urothelial-type cancers of the urethra often have had or will have cancers in the bladder, ureter, and/or renal pelvis. These are often fairly easy to treat effectively. Read more...

Bladder cancer, urethral cancer, what to do?

Can't say. Were you diagnosed or you think you have it? If you do have it you need a good urologist who will likely initiate therapy and refer you to a medical oncologist or a radiation oncologist. It all depends on how advanced it is. Read more...

Is it true that a urethral cancer lump will be visable?

It depends. The location and length of urethra is quite different between male and females. Whether the lump is visible or not will depend on the size of the lump as well as the location of the tumor(first part of urethra is quite deeply located and difficult to palpate and see any lumps on). Read more...

What are the major presenting symptoms of urethral cancer?

Blood in urine. Cancer of the urethra is rare. There are three cell types, transitional, squamous and glandular. It is more common in women. Symptoms of urethral cancer include blood in the urine, interrupted urine flow and discharge from the urethra. Read more...
Hematuria, poor flow. Blood in urine, especially towards end of urination. Urinar flow can be resricted, stinging on urination. Read more...

I have symptoms that match urethral cancer. Is this the only possibility?

Many causes. You don't mention the symptoms you are having but they often mimic the symptoms of a urinary tract infection. You need to start with a physician evaluation including a urinalysis. Read more...

What does urethral cancer discharge look like?

Rare disease. It can look bloody, clear or whitish much like many other conditions (infection, etc). Discharge by itself is not indication of cancer. Read more...

What is the difference between bladder and urethral cancer?

Urethra worse. Though bladder and urethral cancer may sometimes have same cell origin, occasionally urethral cancer can be of a type that is more aggresive and invasive and different from that of bladder cancer. Primary urethral cancer as opposed to invasive extension of cancer have different treatments which are more complex and difficult than the usual bladder cancer treatments. Read more...
Different cell type. Bladder cancers are usually of transitional (also called urothelial) cell origin, whereas urethral cancers are typically squamous cell cancers with a significant minority presenting as adenocarcinomas (glandular origin). Urethral cancer is comparatively rare. There are a number of unusual exceptions to the above "rule" for both bladder and urethral cancer but this generally holds true. Read more...