West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled ocular melanoma treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and research and the Hamilton Eye Institute to provide each patient with most individualized care possible. West Cancer Center is home to the nation’s premier experts in ocular melanoma, where almost 10% of all ocular melanoma cases diagnosed in the United States are seen and treated here.
Most ocular melanomas form in the part of the eye that you cannot see when looking in the mirror. Because of this, ocular melanoma is difficult to detect, and often doesn’t produce any symptoms.
Ocular Melanoma is typically first detected during an annual eye exam. If your ophthalmologist detects anything that might indicate ocular melanoma, you may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Ultrasonography: a small probe is used in the closed eyelid to bounce sound waves off of the eyeball. This produces a 2D image of the inside of the eye, helping your physician to see abnormal blood vessels and/or tissues in the eye.
- CT scan: a CT scan is a technique for imaging body tissues and organs, during which X-ray transmissions are converted to detailed images using a computer.
- MRI: a MRI scan may be used to clearly define the extent of the tumor and to suggest a tumor type.
- Fluorescein Angiography: your physician may perform a fluorescein angiography to confirm your diagnosis. This test uses an injection of dye through your hand or arm to help photograph the blood vessels in the back of the eye.
- Biopsy: your physician may remove a sample of tissue for examination and to determine a diagnosis.
Your Treatment Plan
Your ocular melanoma treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis included:
- Surgery:your physician may perform surgery to remove the tumor, as well as any other affected parts of the eye. In some cases, the complete removal of the eye is the only treatment option. Please consult your physician regarding surgical treatment options for your cancer.
- Radiation therapy: radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. A localized therapy, radiation therapy treats only the area surrounding the cancer, making it an effective treatment option for ocular melanoma. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Laser therapy: this procedure uses heat from lasers to shrink smaller tumors.