The eye-plaque procedure is the most commonly used form or radiation therapy for eye cancer. A small, thin disk containing radioactive material or “seeds” is attached to the patients’ sclera, which is the white outer layer of the eyeball, and adjacent to the tumor. Radiation is produced from the seeds inside of the plaque and is targeted towards the malignant cells of the tumor. With this method, the surrounding healthy tissue is at a much lower risk of receiving unnecessary radiation. Unlike other treatments, the eye-plaque procedure preserves the patients’ eyesight. Visit Hamilton Eye Institue for more information on Ocular Oncology.
What to Expect
Most likely, you would meet with your doctors a few days prior to your treatment. They will inform you of how the treatment works, and its side effects.
A few tests will also be administered before your treatment.
First you will be placed in an operating room to have the plaque placed. After that, the radiologists will begin the treatment. The radiologist will then perform the rest of the treatment from the control room.
Dealing with side effects
Your body tissue is trying to repair itself as the radiation is trying to destroy the tumor, so you may experience some side effects. This is normal. To learn more about any potential side effects and how to manage them, please click here.