Inguinal Lymph Node Dissection for Penile Cancer

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Genitourinary Cancers

Inguinal Lymph Node Dissection is performed by surgeons at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, the state's only comprehensive cancer center.

Inguinal Lymph Node Dissection for Penile Cancer


Enlarged lymph nodes in patients with penile cancer is common and may be the result of infection rather than cancer. If palpable enlarged lymph nodes exist three or more weeks after removal of the primary lesion on the penis, a procedure should be considered to remove lymph nodes from one or both groins.


In addition, if the penile lesion is higher grade or more extensive, it is recommended that these nodes be removed. This operation can result in cure as well as improve staging of the disease.




Lymph node removal has risks including:

  • Infection
  • Skin necrosis
  • Wound breakdown
  • Chronic edema