Radiotherapy for penile cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells. You might have it as part of your treatment for penile cancer.

Radiotherapy treatment for penile cancer

You can have radiotherapy for penile cancer externally or internally. Find out more about how you have this.

Planning radiotherapy for penile cancer

Your team use the planning appointment to work out the dose of radiotherapy you need and exactly where you need it.

External radiotherapy treatment for penile cancer

You usually have external radiotherapy for penile cancer as an outpatient each weekday over 4 to 6 weeks. You won’t feel anything when you have the treatment.

Internal radiotherapy for penile cancer (brachytherapy)

Internal radiotherapy means giving radiotherapy to the cancer from inside the penis.

Side effects of radiotherapy for penile cancer

Side effects tend to start a few days after the radiotherapy begins. Side effects might include sore skin or swelling.

Long term side effects of radiotherapy for penile cancer

Long term side effects of penile cancer radiotherapy are more likely with higher doses of radiation. They can include tiredness and problems passing urine.

Last reviewed: 
25 Jan 2021
Next review due: 
25 Jan 2024
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