Stages, types and grades

The stage of penile cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. Doctors use the TNM system for staging penile cancer. 

The type tells you which type of cell the cancer started in and where it began. The grade means how abnormal the cells look under the microscope.

Knowing the stage, type and grade of a cancer can help doctors plan your treatment.

The staging system can seem complicated. Ask your doctor as many questions as you need to in as much detail as you find helpful at this point. Cancer specialists are used to explaining things in a simple way that makes it easier to understand.

Types and grades

Find out about the different types and grades of penile cancer. The most common type is squamous cell cancer.

TNM Staging

The TNM staging system is the most common way that doctors stage penile cancer. TNM stands for Tumour, Node, Metastasis.

Last reviewed: 
10 Dec 2020
Next review due: 
10 Dec 2023
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