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The Ocular Oncology Plaque Radiotherapy Program uses the latest innovations in episcleral plaque therapy to treat uveal melanoma and other eye tumors, including metastatic lesions.
About Uveal Melanoma
Uveal melanoma is a cancer of the eye involving the iris, the ciliary body, or the choroid (collectively called the uvea). Although it’s a rare eye cancer, uveal melanoma is the most common primary intraocular malignancy in adults, and it can metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body.
Treating Uveal Melanoma
The most common treatment for intraocular tumors is brachytherapy, a specialized form of radiation therapy that uses small radioactive pellets attached to a small disc (plaque). (Learn more about brachytherapy)
The Ocular Oncology Plaque Radiotherapy Program models the shape of the patient's eye and tumor using a combination of imaging techniques, including ultrasound, CT, and/or MRI. This allows plaque size, shape, curvature and seed arrangement to be tailored to each patient's unique eye shape and tumor size. Our approach maximizes the dose of radiation delivered to the tumor while minimizing exposure to adjacent eye structures.
To learn more about our Radiation Therapy Program
for Eye Tumors view our video.
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