Signs and Symptoms of Urethral Cancer

Early cancer of the urethra often does not produce symptoms. As the disease progresses, symptoms include the following:

  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)
  • Diminished urine stream and straining to void (caused by urethral stricture)
  • Frequent urination and increased nighttime urination (nocturia)
  • Hardening of tissue in the perineum, labia, or penis
  • Itching
  • Incontinence
  • Pain during or after sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Painful urination (dysuria)
  • Recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Urethral discharge and swelling

Advanced cases of urethral cancer may produce swollen lymph nodes in the groin.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 28 Feb 2002

Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015