Is urethra cancer fatal?

Depends upon stage. Cancer of the urethra is not a very common malignancy but can happen. If a urethral cancer is small and has not spread (low stage), then the cancer may be treated by local therapy and cured. If a urethral cancer is large, deeply invasive and has spread to lymph nodes or other organs (higher stage disease), then it could be a serious problem. Stage is the most important prediction for outcome.

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I have bleeding from urethra. Cancer symptom, should I be concerned?

See a doc. Bleeding in the urine can be due to many things, cancer included. I'm not sure how you know it's from the urethra, could be from anywhere in the urinary tract. Be it as it may, don't panic but do see a doctor for a proper evaluation. Best to you. Read more...

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...

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. Read more...
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. 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...