Three expert surgeons will share their expertise in treating urological cancers during a Monday morning surgical techniques session. The 45-minute presentation, titled Tips & Tricks: Penile and Urethral Cancer, will begin at 9:30 am during the Prime Time plenary session in the Esplanade Ballroom at Moscone South.
Anne Schuckman, MD, assistant professor of Urology at the University of Southern California, said that although there are a variety of operative techniques that can be used to treat penile cancer, urologists may not practice them frequently because the condition is so rare.
“Reviewing these surgical techniques will help reassure clinicians that they’re practicing the most up-to-date and recommended surgeries when they are faced with penile cancer,” she said. “Most urologists don’t have an opportunity to do a lot of these operations in their practice.”
Dr. Schuckman will be joined by David Ralph, MD, a urologist at St. Peter’s Andrology Center and the Institute of Urology at University College, London, and Maarten Albersen, MD, a urologist and postdoctoral researcher at University Hospitals in Leuven, Belgium. Hunter Wessells, MD, FACS, professor and the Nelson Chair of the Department of Urology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, will moderate the presentation.
The surgeons will review a range of surgical options, from noninvasive to very invasive.
“In this day and age, penile cancer does not necessarily mean that a patient will completely lose their sexuality,” Dr. Schuckman said. “My colleagues and I will highlight several techniques on each end of the spectrum.”
Dr. Schuckman will review techniques for total penectomy, the most invasive option for advanced penile cancer.
“For those patients that do require a total penectomy, I hope that we can review techniques for creating a functional and long-lasting perineal urethrostomy,” she said. “I also hope to share some techniques to help attendees avoid common complications when dealing with more advanced disease.”
Dr. Ralph will review organ sparing surgical options for patients with less advanced disease, and Dr. Albersen will review strategies for partial penectomies.
“Many surgeons have been performing partial and total penectomies for a long time,” Dr. Schuckman said. “We hope this session will expose attendees to new techniques for those procedures, as well as give them penile sparing options.”
The presenters will also discuss the ongoing International Penile Advanced Cancer Trial (InPACT).