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What is a Urethral Tumor?

A urethral tumor is an unusual growth of cells within the urethra. Although not common, these tumors can be benign or malignant. Symptoms that may indicate a tumor include pain during urination, the presence of blood in the urine, difficulty urinating, or a palpable mass. In some cases, a tumor can be present without any visible symptoms, especially in the early stages.


For the diagnosis of a urethral tumor, doctors rely on a detailed medical history and physical examination, as well as a series of diagnostic tests. Urethroscopy allows direct insight into the urethra, while urine analyses can detect blood and other abnormalities. A biopsy, taking a tissue sample for analysis, is key to determining the nature of the tumor. Also, ultrasound, CT, or MRI scans can help determine the size of the tumor and whether it has spread.


The treatment of urethral tumors varies depending on the type, size, and location of the tumor, as well as whether it has spread. Surgical removal of the tumor often represents the main form of treatment, especially if the tumor is localized. Radiation therapy can be used to destroy cancerous cells, often in combination with surgery.
The choice of treatment methods depends on various factors. Regular monitoring is necessary to track the effectiveness of the treatment and detect any changes in a timely manner.