Penile Cancer: After Treatment

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 11/2014

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After treatment for penile cancer ends, talk with your doctor about developing a follow-up care plan. This plan may include regular physical examinations, such as specific examination of the penis and the lymph nodes in the groin, and/or other medical tests to monitor your recovery for the coming months and years. Depending on the risk of the cancer recurring, a man may need occasional chest x-rays or CT scans, as well as some blood tests. ASCO offers cancer treatment summary forms to help keep track of the cancer treatment you received and develop a survivorship care plan once treatment is completed.

Currently, there is no proven way to lower the chances of recurrence or a second primary cancer (another type of cancer), but it is wise to practice safe, meaning protected, sex and proper hygiene after treatment for penile cancer.

Men recovering from penile cancer are encouraged to follow established guidelines for good health, such as maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, eating a balanced diet, and having recommended cancer screening tests. Talk with your doctor to develop a plan that is best for your needs. Moderate physical activity can help rebuild your strength and energy level. Your doctor can help you create an appropriate exercise plan based on your needs, physical abilities, and fitness level. Learn more about the next steps to take in survivorship, including making positive lifestyle changes.

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