Penile cancer: Optimal management of T1G2 penile cancer remains unclear

Norte University, Gral Santos e/ 25 de Mayo, Asunción, Paraguay.
Nature Reviews Urology (Impact Factor: 4.84). 12/2012; 10(1). DOI: 10.1038/nrurol.2012.238
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