What are the treatment options for urethral cancer?

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The treatment options for urethral cancer typically include surgery, radiation therapy, or both. Surgery is the most widely suggested treatment protocol. What kind of surgery recommended and whether this is a viable option for you all depends on where the cancer has been found in your urethra and what stage of spread has occurred. Radiation therapy may be advised on its own or as an adjunct treatment following your surgery. In the case of urethral cancer, radiation is given in one of two ways. External radiation conducts radiation waves from a machine outside your body to the area where your cancer is. In internal radiation, a contained radioactive substance is placed directly into the cancer inside your body.

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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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