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Tags: cancer , eyes

I have been recently diagnosed with an iris melanoma and have been offered plaque radiation therapy. I am not sure if I should go down that path due to the implications of the treatment, do you have a view?

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The Answer

The treatment as I am sure you know depends on the size of the melanoma.

In small to medium tumours resections are possible, but plaque radiotherapy is also an option. It is true that a cataract is possible, but the radiation plaque is far from the central retina. This therefore reduces the possibility of vision limiting radiation retinopathy.

Ultimately a decision regarding treatment must be made after consultation with your specialist. See Patient info for more information on this subject.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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