Penile cancer

At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre we know that a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event. We also know that every cancer is different, just like every person is different. We are dedicated to supporting and guiding you throughout your care. On this page you can learn about symptoms of penile cancer and the potential treatment pathway.

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What is penile cancer?

Penile cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells either on the skin of the penis or within the penis. It is a rare cancer and there are a number of different types because there are a number of different tissue types that make up the penis.

What are the symptoms of penile cancer?

If you have any of the following symptoms please see your doctor. These symptoms may also occur for ailments other than cancer. Your doctor will advise if you need tests and where you should go to have these tests. 

  • A growth, sore or lump that doesn’t heal within four weeks
  • Bleeding of the skin of the penis or from under the foreskin
  • A bad smelling discharge from the penis
  • Change in colour or the penis skin
  • Rash on the skin of the penis
  • Thickening of the foreskin or skin of the penis. This may prevent the foreskin from being drawn back.
This information should not be used to replace medical advice.

Can I be treated at the ONJ Centre?

Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor or specialist can make a referral to the ONJ Centre for your cancer treatment. You can ask to be referred here, regardless of your insurance status or the stage of your treatment. The ONJ Centre is part of Austin Health, a leading Australian public hospital.

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