An international study reveals that a quarter of men with penile cancer prefer not to receive treatment. Mainly because it involves the total or partial removal of the penis. A surgery that is very difficult to accept for men.
Penile cancer is one of the rarest cancers. Every year, about one in 100,000 men contract this disease in the West. However, in recent years, it is affecting more and more men, especially older men.
Researchers from five countries (Italy, Spain, United States, Brazil and Hungary) have conducted an extensive survey of this disease. Presented at the 33rd Congress of the European Association of Urology in Copenhagen, this study reveals that a quarter of men with penile cancer do not receive treatment.
Very often, the patient himself refuses to receive treatment.
“Partially or completely removing the penis is often the most effective way to cure penile cancer, but for many men this cure seems worse than the disease itself,” says the American Cancer Society.
Lose your male attribute and heal or keep your penis, but stay sick is cornelian dilemma for these men according to the study. And this decision can be fraught with consequences. Twice as many patients survived the disease when they received treatment according to the study.
To conduct this survey, the researchers retrospectively reviewed the records of 425 patients who had been treated between 2010 and 2016.
Sometimes, too, the decision not to take treatment comes from the doctor. Not inadvertently, but because health professionals do not know enough about how to cure this rare cancer.
In a way, patients suffering from such a cancer are harmed because they are faced with doctors who sometimes have never met this disease. It would be better for the patient to go to specialized centers. But, of course, there are not that many.
But according to the study, some countries are managing this situation better. For example, in the United Kingdom, penile cancer treatment is centralized in 10 specialized institutions, which increases the chances of survival.