How does surgery affect people with urethral cancer?

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Surgery affects people with urethral cancer in many different ways, depending mostly on how far along the disease has progressed. If the cancer is diagnosed early, surgery is usually done via laser or electric currents. These are the least invasive types of surgical procedures. If the cancer has advanced, more invasive surgeries may include removal of the urethra, the bladder, the penis (in men) or the vagina (in women). Approximately 1%-2% of people who undergo surgery do not survive. About half of those who have advanced urethral cancer experience a recurrence following surgery.

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Urethral Cancer

A rare disease, urethral cancer can spread quickly throughout the body if not caught early.Affecting women more than men, this cancer causes cells in the lining of the urethra to grow abnormally. The urethra is responsible for car...

rying urine from the bladder to outside our bodies. Although there are three types of urethral cancer, the most common type is squamous cell carcinoma. This type of carcinoma typically develops near the bladder in women. The closer the cancer is to the bladder, the more difficult it is to treat and cure. Urethral cancer is often asymptomatic in the beginning. However, see your doctor right away if you notice blood in your urine, need to urinate often, feel pain when you urinate or have recurrent urinary tract infections.
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