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Urethral Cancer

Urethral cancer is the formation of cancerous cells in the urethra, the tube that carries urine – and in men, semen – from the body. This cancer is often associated with invasive bladder cancer, which tends to spread to adjacent soft tissue. Urethral cancer is rare and can occur at any age.

There are several types of urethral cancer: squamous cell carcinoma, transitional cell carcinoma, melanoma, and adenocarcinoma. If you have been diagnosed with urethral cancer, ask which specific type of cancer you have and what the treatment options are for that particular form of cancer.

Symptoms of Urethral Cancer

The symptoms of urethral cancer do not develop until later stages of the disease. Some patients may notice a lump or growth on the urethra, and others may notice pain or bleeding that accompanies urination. Please speak with your physician promptly if you have any urinary concerns.

Risk Factors for Urethal Cancer

  • HPV (human papilloma virus)
  • Chronic infection and/or inflammation

Diagnosing Urethal Cancer

After taking a detailed medical history and performing a physical exam, your practitioner may order a cystoscopy to examine the urethra and bladder. A biopsy is essential to diagnose urethral cancer. If cancer is found, further imaging, such as a CT scan, MRI, X-rays, and/or bone scans will be done to stage the tumor.

Treatment for Urethral Cancer

Treatment of urethral cancer depends on the stage of the cancer, the type of cancer, and the patient's age and overall state of health. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, and/or and radiation.

Miami urologist Dr. Marvin Bondhus sees and treats patients with urethral cancer from throughout Miami-Dade County. For a consultation, call (305) 661-9692 or use our secure online appointment request form.