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What do I need to know about caring for someone with penile cancer?

The most important role in caring for someone with penile cancer is to support them in their daily lives and in receiving the treatment necessary to combat the disease. For early cases of penile cancer wherein the prognosis (outlook) is good, support may mean attending doctor visits and treatments, ensuring that prescribed medications are taken, and helping the person make lifestyle changes to cut the risk of recurring cancer (such as smoking cessation and eating more healthfully).

In more advanced cases of penile cancer, where penectomy has been performed to remove some or all of the penis, you may have to help a sexual partner maintain a positive self-image in the face of a potentially devastating blow to the male psyche. Support groups can help with this process. Alternative techniques or approaches to sexual intercourse may still allow for an enriching sex life for both partners.

Some treatments, such as chemotherapy, may have side effects that require your care at home. Fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and hair loss are a few side effects of chemotherapy that may present themselves.

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