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Dr. Piyush Agarwal on Recognizing, Diagnosing, and Treating Penile Cancer

Piyush Agarwal, MD
Published Online: 10:32 PM, Thu January 7, 2016

Piyush Agarwal, MD, Center for Cancer Research National Cancer Institute, discusses the difference between penile cancer confined to the penis and cancer that spreads to the lymph nodes. Agarwal says patients whose penile cancer does not spread to their lymph nodes have a 95% chance of survival over the course of 5 years, while survival for those whose cancer spreads to their lymph nodes is significantly less.

Agarwal says medical professionals should also seek the help of radiation oncologists and urologists when not only deciding how to treat penile cancer, but also in diagnosing the malignancy. He adds that surgery is only in an option in a small amount of patients, and that surgery could result in complications between 20- and 30% of the time.

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