Penile Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for penile cancer treatment, you have a team of specialized experts dedicated to your well-being for this extremely rare cancer. To request an appointment, call (404) 778-1900.

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University offers a full range of treatments for patients with penile cancer.

Treating penile cancer requires the kind of depth and breadth of experience that Winship offers in urology, radiation therapy, and medical oncology to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments.

Our multidisciplinary care teams include urologic oncology surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, dermatologic surgeons, pathologists specializing in genitourinary disease, radiologists, and nuclear medicine specialists with expertise in penile cancer.

Winship is among the highest volume centers in the United States for treatment of this rare cancer. As specialists, our teams have developed groundbreaking minimally invasive surgeries and treatments that produce better outcomes. Surgeons from leading national and international cancer centers have come to Winship to learn these techniques.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:

  • Access to doctors who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
  • Weekly review of individual patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments with various specialists.
  • New treatment options through participation in the largest clinical trial for penile cancer in the U.S. as well as other trials focusing on immunotherapy.

Symptoms for penile cancer typically involve changes in the skin of the penis including a lump, ulcer or rash. While these symptoms don't always indicate penile cancer, it is important to visit a doctor promptly for proper diagnosis.

Accurate and timely diagnosis is the first step in developing an individualized treatment plan for you. Winship physicians specializing in detecting and diagnosing penile cancer will start with a physical exam of the genital area and possibly the lymph nodes. After the physical exam, additional tests may be needed including a biopsy and imaging tests.

The most critical part of the diagnosis is determining whether the cancer has metastasized to local lymph nodes. Our radiology experts see a number of penile cancer cases every year and are attuned to even subtle signs of metastatic disease, and imaging is often part of the care plan.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

Winship offers numerous treatment options including laser therapy, topical chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and minimally invasive dermatologic surgery (Moh’s surgery).

Surgery: Robotic surgery options for penile cancer care are offered for appropriate patients. Sometimes more radical surgery is needed, such as a partial or total removal of the penis. Winship oncologists are trained in both cancer surgery and reconstructive urological surgery, and this dual training is the key to preservation of cosmetic and sexual function. Every patient is reviewed individually with a focus on penile preservation, even if radical treatments are recommended. 

Lymph node removal: This type of treatment involves removing local lymph nodes. Winship doctors have pioneered a minimally invasive lymph node removal/dissection technique that improves recovery and lowers the risk of infection, while maintaining excellent cancer outcomes.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy for penile cancer has undergone tremendous advances since 2010 and Winship medical oncologists are experienced at using the latest, most successful chemotherapy regimens. Additionally, several clinical trials of new drug combinations are offered to treat this disease.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

 Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

If you have been diagnosed with penile cancer, we are ready to help you.

Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. Winship experts are available to provide a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.

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Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Urologist
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Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Dr. Master is a renowned national expert in the surgical treatment of kidney cancer particularly a complex variety that extends into the main blood vessels and the heart.
  • Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Wendy Baer MD

  • Psychiatric Oncologist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

  • Radiologist
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                                 Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR
Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

  • Dr. Baumgarten specializes in diagnostic imaging of genitourinary cancers including renal cell, bladder, testicular, and ovarian cancer.
  • Professor, Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-7777

Mehmet Asim Bilen MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Mehmet Asim Bilen MD

Mehmet Asim Bilen MD

  • Dr. Bilen is actively involved in clinical research and patient care in the area of genitourinary cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Bradley  Carthon MD, PhD
Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

  • As part of the genitourinary oncology team, Dr. Carthon treats patients with prostate, bladder, and renal cancers and other genitourinary malignancies.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

  • Pathologist
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Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

  • Board certified in clinical and anatomic pathology, Dr. Ellis specializes in urologic pathology (genitourinary) and non-neoplastic renal pathology.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Ashesh B. Jani MD, MSEE, FASTRO

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Ashesh B. Jani MD, MSEE, FASTRO

Ashesh B. Jani MD, MSEE, FASTRO

  • Dr. Jani specializes in the treatment of genitourinary malignancies including cancer of the prostate, bladder, kidney, testes and urethra.
  • Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Omer Kucuk MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Omer Kucuk MD

Omer Kucuk MD

  • A medical oncologist with a major interest in nutrition and cancer prevention, Dr. Kucuk mainly treats patients with prostate, bladder and kidney cancer.
  • Chief, Genitourinary Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory
  • (404) 778-1900

Courtney Coursey Moreno MD

  • Radiologist
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Courtney Coursey Moreno MD

Courtney Coursey Moreno MD

Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

  • Pathologist
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                                 Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD
Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

  • Dr. Osunkoya is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in urologic pathology.
  • Director, Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Pretesh Patel MD

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of genitourinary and gastrointestinal malignancies as well as the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy and proton therapy.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine; Director, Residency Program, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Spiritual Health Manager
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                                 Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv
Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Caroline has a passion for offering compassionate, respectful, and effective patient/family-centered care in a multi-faith, multi-cultural environment.
  • Manager of Spiritual Health Support and Community Care, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (470) 446-7844

Aarti Sekhar MD

  • Radiologist
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Aarti Sekhar MD

Aarti Sekhar MD

  • Dr. Sekhar specializes in image-guided interventions for the treatment of gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancers.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-9729

Emily C. Vereen MSW

  • Social Worker
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Emily C. Vereen MSW

Emily C. Vereen MSW

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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Ali J. Zarrabi MD

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

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