Thulium-yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Tm:YAG) laser treatment of penile cancer: oncological results, functional outcomes, and quality of life

Gennaro Musi, Andrea Russo, Andrea Conti, Francesco A Mistretta, Ettore Di Trapani, Stefano Luzzago, Roberto Bianchi, Giuseppe Renne, Stefano Ramoni, Matteo Ferro, Deliu Victor Matei, Marco Cusini, Luca Carmignani, Ottavio de Cobelli

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PURPOSE: To evaluate the oncological and functional outcomes of patients diagnosed with penile cancer undergoing conservative treatment through thulium-yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Tm:YAG) laser ablation.

METHODS: Twenty-six patients with a penile lesion underwent ablation with a RevoLix 200 W continuous-wave laser. The procedure was carried out with a pen-like laser hand piece, using a 360 μm laser fiber and 15-20 W of power. Median (IQR) follow-up time was 24 (15-30) months. Recurrence rate and post-operative sexual function were assessed.

RESULTS: Median age at surgery was 61 years. Median (inter quartile range) size of the lesions was 15 [10-20] mm. Overall, 11 (47.8%) and 12 (52.2%) at the final pathology presented in situ and invasive squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), respectively. The final pathological stage was pTis, pT1a, pT2, and pT3 in 11 (47.8%), 7 (30.4%), 3 (13.0%), and 2 (8.7%) patients, respectively. Moreover, four (17.4%) patients had a recurrence of which three (13.0%) and one (4.3%) patients developed an invasive or in situ recurrence, respectively. After treatment 6 (26.1%) patients reported a conserved penile sensitivity, while 13 (56.5%) and 4 (17.4%) patients experienced a better or worse sensitivity after ablation, respectively. Post-treatment sexual activity was achieved within the first month after laser ablation in 82.6% of the patients.

CONCLUSION: Early stage penile carcinomas can be effectively treated with an organ preservation strategy. Tm:YAG conservative laser treatment is easy, safe and offers good functional outcome, with a minor impact on patient's quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-270
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Urology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


  • Aged
  • Aluminum
  • Carcinoma in Situ/pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell/pathology
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy/methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local
  • Penile Erection
  • Penile Neoplasms/pathology
  • Quality of Life
  • Sexual Health
  • Thulium
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Yttrium


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