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01.04.2009 | Topic Paper | Ausgabe 2/2009

World Journal of Urology 2/2009

Penile preserving surgery and surgical strategies to maximize penile form and function in penile cancer: recommendations from the United Kingdom experience

World Journal of Urology > Ausgabe 2/2009
Paul K. Hegarty, Majid Shabbir, Ben Hughes, Suks Minhas, Matthew Perry, Nicholas Watkin, David J. Ralph
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P. K. Hegarty and M. Shabbir have contributed equally to this paper.



The diagnosis of penile cancer can be devastating for a man and his partner. The fear of cancer is heightened by the prospect of penile amputation. While conventional radical surgery continues to be an effective approach to management, the emasculating nature of this treatment has serious psychological and sexual morbidity. Recent studies have challenged the traditional belief that a 2 cm margin was required for adequate oncological control.


We review the current options and status of such penile preserving techniques in the modern day management of penile cancer, and assess the use of the different techniques according to the stage and grade of disease based upon the combined experience of two superregional centres in the United Kingdom.


A range of organ preserving procedures matches the clinical spectrum of patients presenting with penile cancer. These demonstrate excellent oncological control whilst maximizing penile function and form.


Innovative surgical techniques can now preserve as much penile tissue and functional integrity as possible, without compromising oncological control. This minimizes the impact of disease and its treatment on the quality of life of the patient.

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