Penile Cancer

Advanced male genital cancer treatment in San Diego

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Advanced male genital cancer treatment in San Diego

Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center specialists provide the most effective penile cancer treatments with a focus on early detection. A penile cancer diagnosis usually requires a biopsy, and when cancer is found in the early stages, treatment is very likely to be successful.


Scripps physicians use the most advanced treatments, including laser surgery and biologic therapy, to eliminate cancer while maintaining quality of life. In addition, our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews complex care plans to ensure patients receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

Treatment and clinical trials

Penile cancer, or cancer of the penis, is a rare type of male genital cancer that usually starts in the skin cells and affects the foreskin or the glans. The most common type of this genitourinary cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, which represents more than 95 percent of all cancers of the penis. They can grow anywhere on the penis, but most often affect the foreskin on uncircumcised males, or the glans. Squamous cell carcinoma tumors tend to grow slowly and can usually be cured if they are detected at an early stage.


Your Scripps MD Anderson cancer care team includes professionals from every area of oncology, including physicians, surgeons, radiation oncologists and nurses who specialize in cancer care. Learn more about how Scripps puts you at the center of care.

Penile cancer treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats penile cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:


  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers


For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.

Support groups, services and resources

As leaders in cancer care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your cancer journey.