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What type of follow-up is required for ocular melanoma?

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Your doctor probably will recommend you get regular CT scans or MRIs to make sure the cancer hasn't spread following treatment for ocular melanoma. A CT scan (computerized tomography) takes X-rays from different angles and puts them together to show a more complete picture. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make detailed images.

Your doctor will focus on your liver, since that's where a new tumor is most likely to start. If it has, the earlier it's found, the more choices you have for treatment.

Your treatment may damage your vision, so you also may need to see an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) regularly.

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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