What to Expect After a Penile Cancer Diagnosis

Guidance and support through treatment and recovery

You are not alone as you deal with penile cancer. At Henry Ford Cancer Institute, we provide the care and the hope you need to help beat this disease. Our team of specialists manage penile cancer with personalized treatment and precision medicine. As you prepare for your treatment and recovery, we are here for you every step of the way.

Experts on our team come from a wide range of medical disciplines. Our urologists, oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists have the experience and expertise you need. Along with specialized nurses and other professionals, they create an outstanding team assembled for your best medical care and emotional support.

Members of our cancer team are available 24/7. Call us at (888) 777-4167.

Personalized treatment

We are dedicated to providing you with the best action plan designed to fight penile cancer and meet your unique health needs. At Henry Ford Cancer Institute, our experts will discuss your case and progress. By sharing their knowledge, they will develop a personalized treatment plan and skillfully managing your care and recovery. Specialists from the following medical fields will be working on your case:

  • Urology
  • Surgical oncology
  • Medical oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Clinical trials
  • Nurse navigators
  • Social workers and other supportive oncology specialists

After your treatment plan has been made, our nurse navigators will help to arrange all your necessary appointments. We understand that fighting penile cancer is upsetting. For that reason, a variety of support services are offered by Henry Ford can help you reduce stress, increase confidence, and build acceptance.

What to expect at your first clinic appointment

Empathy, encouragement, and excellent care are provided at Henry Ford. To help you feel more comfortable and well-prepared for your first visit, please bring the following items:

  • Medical records and images related to your penile cancer diagnosis on CD, DVD, or other media, if you are new patient to Henry Ford
  • Directions for driving and parking
  • Sweater, jacket, and comfortable clothing
  • Snacks and drinks (Places to eat are available on our campus.)
  • Magazines or a book to read
  • Cell phone, mobile device, or laptop (Free wireless service is available)

Preparing for surgery

Surgery is involved in many of the treatment plans for penile cancer. We will talk with you and support you through every step of your surgery preparation, recovery, and follow-up care. We are devoted to providing you with highly skilled surgical care and follow-up services.

Before surgery, we will talk with you about any blood tests or X-rays that may be needed. We’ll also give you written instructions for them. To help you relax, your doctor may order anti-anxiety medications. The doctor may also prescribe antibiotics, depending on your medical needs.

On the day before surgery, a member of our team will contact you to ask questions and confirm the time you should arrive at the hospital. If you are worried about receiving anesthesia, please ask to speak to the anesthesiologist.

The day of your surgery

When you arrive at the hospital before your surgery, you will be taken to the pre-operative area for preparation. You will meet with the anesthesiologist, an anesthesiology resident, or a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

They will ask you questions about your medical and surgical history, previous experiences with anesthesia, side effects, and allergies to medication. They’ll also discuss your current medical condition and the surgical procedure you will be having.

Finally, an anesthesiology team member will explain the anesthesia to you and your family, and then you will be ready for surgery.


After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room to be monitored for one or two hours. You may be transferred to a hospital room for a few hours or a longer stay, depending on your surgery. To manage pain while you are in the hospital, a member of our anesthesiology team will provide medication.

When you leave the hospital, your physician will prescribe pain medication and provide verbal and printed instructions for your care and comfort at home. Our staff will schedule your post-surgery follow-up appointment and give you contact information if you need to speak to a doctor or nurse.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them. We’re here to help you through the whole process.

Members of our cancer team are available 24/7. Call us at (888) 777-4167.

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