Survival statistics for penile cancer
Survival statistics for penile cancer. There is information about
Penile cancer statistics and outlook
Outlook means your chances of getting better. Your doctor might call this your prognosis. In penile cancer the outcome (survival rate) may depend on the stage of the cancer when it is diagnosed. The grade may also be a factor. Penile cancer more often affects men older than 50. So, other medical conditions might also influence the survival.
This page has information about the possible outcome of different stages of penile cancer. The statistics we use are from a variety of sources. It includes the opinions and experience of the experts who check our website. Statistics are a general guide only. Speak to your doctor for a better idea about your cancer.
How reliable are cancer statistics?
No statistics can tell you what will happen to you. Your cancer is unique. The same type of cancer can grow at different rates in different people. The statistics can't tell you about the different treatments people have had. Neither can it tell how that treatment might have affected their prognosis. There are many individual factors that will affect your treatment and your outlook.
You can view and print the quick guides for all the pages in the treating penile cancer section.
This page has information about the survival rates for different stages of penile cancer. People ask us for this information but not everyone diagnosed with cancer wants to read it. If you are not sure whether you want to know at the moment, you can always come back to it later.
The statistics here are only a general guide. They can't tell you what is likely to happen in your individual case.
The section, incidence, mortality and survival explains cancer statistics. It might help to read this before you read the information below.
Remember that 5 year survival is a term that doctors use. It doesn't mean you will only live 5 years. It relates to the number of people in research who were still alive 5 years after diagnosis. Doctors follow what happens to people for 5 years after treatment in any research study. This is because there is a small chance that penile cancer will come back more than 5 years after treatment.
Please note that there are no national statistics for penile cancer survival in the UK. The statistics here are from a variety of different sources. They include the opinions and experience of the experts who check our website. We give statistics because people ask us for them. But they are only a general guide and can't be more than that.
Penile cancer is a rare cancer. It affects a small number of people. So it is more difficult to get statistics. Remember that most cases of penile cancer are in men older than 50. It rarely affects men under 40.
As with many cancers, the outcome of penile cancer depends on how advanced it is at the time of diagnosis. In other words, the outcome depends on how far the cancer has grown (the stage of the cancer). The grade of the cancer may also be a factor. As penile cancer more often affects older men, other medical conditions might also influence survival.
Survival for penile carcinoma in situ
The outlook for men with penile carcinoma in situ (CIS) is good. Survival statistics show that 90 out of 100 (90%) men will survive for 5 years or more after diagnosis.
If the cancer hasn't spread
Recent studies showed that if the cancer is only in the penis, 90 out of 100 men (90%) will survive for 5 years or more.
If the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes
Cancer cells in the lymph nodes affect the outlook for people with penile cancer. It is important to know which lymph nodes have cancer cells and where they are in the body.
- If there are cancer cells in only one lymph node in the groin, over 80 out of 100 men (80%) will survive for 5 years or more.
- If there are cancer cells in 2 lymph nodes or more in the groin or the tummy (abdomen), 40 out of 100 men (40%) will survive for five years or more.
Unfortunately the outlook is less good for cancer that has spread beyond the lymph nodes in the groin.
No statistics can tell you what will happen to you. Your cancer is unique. The same type of cancer can grow at different rates in different people. The statistics are not detailed enough to tell you
- About the different treatments people may have had
- How that treatment may have affected their prognosis
There are many individual factors that will help to decide your treatment and prognosis.
If you would like to read more about survival rates and other statistics for penile cancer, go to our CancerStats page:
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