Outcomes for Organ-Preserving Surgery for Penile Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma of the penis (PC) has traditionally been treated with partial penectomy with a 2-cm margin. More conservative resection margins have been reported to have no effect on oncologic control, but there is no consensus in the literature regarding functional outcomes after organ-preserving surgery for PC.

Six patients meeting inclusion criteria were retrospectively identified to have received organ-sparing surgery for PC at the Cleveland Clinic from 2003 to 2012. Patient's sexual and urinary quality of life was assessed retrospectively using the International Index of Erectile Function and the patient-reported outcome measure for urethral stricture surgery.

Three patients (50%) report normal erections but describe intercourse as not very enjoyable and report being dissatisfied with their sex life. The remaining 50% consistently report no sexual activity and denied feeling sexual desire. All report only mild urinary symptoms, including decreased stream (18%) and feelings of incomplete voiding (67%). Eighty-three percent of patients report their sexual symptoms do not interfere with their daily lives. One hundred percent report being satisfied with their procedure.

Our study is the first to use standardized, validated questionnaires to evaluate sexual and urinary function in a North American penile cancer patient population. We report excellent overall urinary function and quality of life following penile-sparing surgery for PC, and our results depict more realistic sexual outcomes than those reported in studies using non-blinded and non-validated methods.

Sexual medicine 2015 Jun [Epub]

Kyle Scarberry, Kenneth W Angermeier, Drogo Montague, Steven Campbell, Hadley M Wood

Urology Institute, University Hospitals Case Medical Center Cleveland, OH, USA , Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, The Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH, USA , Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, The Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH, USA , Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, The Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH, USA , Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, The Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH, USA

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