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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1];Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Vindhya BellamKonda, M.B.B.S [2]

Overview

Urethral cancer may be classified based on histology into 3 sub types which include transitional cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma. It may also be classified based on anatomical location of cancer into distal urethral cancer, proximal urethral cancer.

Classification

Based on histology

Urethral cancer can be classified based on histology into:

Based on anatomical location

Urethral cancer can also be classified based on anatomical location into:

  • Distal Urethral Cancer [1]
  • Proximal Urethral Cancer
Distal Proximal
  • Superficial lesions
  • Distal third of the urethra in females
  • In males:
    • Anterior, or penile portion of the urethra
  • Deeply invasive.


References

  1. National Cancer Institute. Physician Data Query Database 2015. http://www.cancer.gov/publications/pdq

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