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How is radiation used to treat ocular melanoma?

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The most common form of radiation treatment for ocular melanoma uses a shield shaped like a small bottle cap to hold radioactive seeds against the outside of your eyeball over the tumor. This is called a plaque, and it's put in and taken out with surgery. It stays in place about four days. Most people say it doesn't bother them much. Another form of radiation treatment uses a machine that hits the tumor with radioactive particles. The treatment is usually spread over several days.

From: Ocular Melanoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What is ocular melanoma?"

Cancer Society: "Eye cancer survival rates."

Jovanovic, P. , June 2013. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology

Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan: "Understanding Ocular Melanoma." American Lim, L. , March 2013. Clinical Ophthalmology

Ocular Melanoma Foundation: "About OM."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What is ocular melanoma?"

Cancer Society: "Eye cancer survival rates."

Jovanovic, P. , June 2013. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology

Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan: "Understanding Ocular Melanoma." American Lim, L. , March 2013. Clinical Ophthalmology

Ocular Melanoma Foundation: "About OM."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 21, 2019

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