We present a condensed version of the ESMO clinical practice guidelines on penile cancer.1

Penile cancer is an uncommon but ominous disease. In the last few years there has been a shift towards penile-preserving techniques, because besides local control, an important aim of surgery is to preserve the functionality and sexual function of the penis. This has an important impact on the patient’s self-esteem, quality of life and general mental health. Despite the rarity of the disease we gradually achieve more insight in the proper staging and treatment of this malignancy.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2014;8(5):213–6)