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Can an ocular melanoma tumor be surgically removed without radiation therapy or removing my eye?

Can an ocular melanoma tumor be surgically removed without radiation therapy or removing my eye?

Ask your specialist: That is a very specific question which can't be answered without a lot of information which we can't share in a forum like this. Seek out an institution and physician team with experience in ocular melanoma. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


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My gran had her eye removed due to ocular melanoma 3 years ago. Now metastatic liver cancer, no treatment. No other info given. Life expectancy?

My gran had her eye removed due to ocular melanoma 3 years ago. Now metastatic liver cancer, no treatment. No other info given. Life expectancy?

Ask her to ask dr.: Liver metastases from any cancer is not a good sign. However depending on many other factors will determine what her life expectancy is, especially knowing what her constitutional health is, her vitality. So, the best answer would be for her to ask her doctor, or see if she'll give you permission to do so (that must be documented in her chart.) also, make sure that her diet is good, and keep her spirit strong. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for the eye cancer, melanoma?

What is the treatment for the eye cancer, melanoma?

Radiation or surgery: Eye melanoma, or ocular melanoma is treated by either removal of the entire eye, or by radiation to the eye. It really depends on the extent of the melanoma. This type of melanoma frequently spreads to the liver, so a ct or MRI of the liver should be obtained. I recommend seeing someone who specializes in this type of cancer due to its relative rarity and severity. ...Read more

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Melanoma and eye exams. My father had a zero stage melanoma removed from his arm about 5 years ago. Should he be seeing an eye doctor regularly to check for melanoma in his eye tissue? I keep trying to get him to the eye doctor - he clearly needs glasse

Melanoma and eye exams. My father had a zero stage melanoma removed from his arm about 5 years ago.  Should he be seeing an eye doctor regularly to check for melanoma in his eye tissue?  I keep trying to get him to the eye doctor - he clearly needs glasse

Sure: It is unlikely that he will develop melanoma in the eye. But he should definitely see his eye for an exam and to get those glasses. Also he should be seeing a dermatologist several times a year. Once you develop on melanoma, you are more likely to develop more. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.

Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.

Immunosuppressant: Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunosupressant to minimize yuur bodies attack of itself. Anything that lowers your immune system may increase your risk for certain cancers such as lymphoma, basal and squamous cell cancers, particularly if you are already fair skinned. Good sun block, wide brimmed hats, minimize sun exposure, etc. Your doctor should be able to discuss the relative risks of treatment of enbrel (etanercept). ...Read more

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What id a choroidal eye melinoma and whst treatment is best?

What id a choroidal eye melinoma and whst treatment is best?

Cancer of the Eye: A choroidal melanoma is a malignant tumor. It may blind and spread to other organs. There is no diagnostic test and treatment; e.g. Radiation, enucleation is based upon size, location and systemic involvement. ...Read more

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Is adoptive cell therapy successful against melanoma? Is it a fully approved treatment yet? Thanks

Is adoptive cell therapy successful against melanoma?  Is it a fully approved treatment yet?  Thanks

Yes: It has been used successfully in advanced solid tumors such as melanoma. As tor the long term success or whether it is always successful I don't have that answer. Good luck ...Read more

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Is it common to remove the eye due to melanoma?

Is it common to remove the eye due to melanoma?

Yes: When melanoma involves the eye, removal of the eye with sampling of the optic nerve is a common surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Are eye melanomas more common in the iris or the white part of the eye?

Are eye melanomas more common in the iris or the white part of the eye?

Neither: they are in the back of the eye in the retina. This is not an area that is easily seen. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a malignant melanoma in your eye? Can it be treated?

What does it mean to have a malignant melanoma in your eye? Can it be treated?

Retinal cancer: Melanoma can occur in the retina of the eye, technically in the uvea. The treatment is either surgery or radiation. Go to a specialist who treats this often. ...Read more

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What's the chances of a 20 year old male getting eye melanoma?

What's the chances of a 20 year old male getting eye melanoma?

Very low: Melanoma arising in the eye is uncommon, yet it can occur in anyone, so if there is any suspicion get it checked out from a good eye specialist. ...Read more

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Is eye melanoma the same thing as skin melanoma, just inside the eyeball?

Basically: Basically yes. Occular melanoma tends to travel to the liver more commonly than other melanomas/. ...Read more

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A month ago a friend noticed a brown spot on the white part of my eye at the corner. I am a 31 yr old latina female.Can it be melanoma?

A month ago a friend noticed a brown spot on the white part of my eye at the corner. I am a 31 yr old latina female.Can it be melanoma?

Urgent investigation: You need to see your eye doctor , to make sure it is not a conjunctival melanoma , a rare condition , Yours may be a simple benign pigment stain . Take an appointment to get assured it is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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If melanoma starts as a single cell naked to the human eye... How long does it typically take before it actually becomes noticeable and concerning?

If melanoma starts as a single cell naked to the human eye...  How long does it typically take before it actually becomes noticeable and concerning?

Variable: Different tumors have widely varying growth rates. In general, it takes a few years for a single malignant cells to grow to the size of about one centimeter. ...Read more

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Can eye melanoma cause watering eyes?

Can eye melanoma cause watering eyes?

Occular Melanoma: Please see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eye-melanoma/basics/symptoms/con-20027875. I am not an eye doctor. Did not see this symptom listed on above Mayo article. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get melanoma eye cancer at any age?

Is it possible to get melanoma eye cancer at any age?

Yes: Unfortunately ocular melanoma can strike anyone. If you experience any vision changes see your eye md at once, because ocular melanoma can metastasize to the liver and kill. ...Read more

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I have history of melanoma and recently been getting headaches all the time behind my eye and base of neck. I can feel huge bump there. Is it related?

I have history of melanoma and recently been getting headaches all the time behind my eye and base of neck. I can feel huge bump there. Is it related?

It could be: Melanoma can spread pretty much to everywhere-including brain, eyes, bones etc. You should go to see your md as soon as possible and have youself checked. You would definitely need o get some imagings done-like MRI to brain and perhaps also other imaging such as ct scan as indicated. Your pmd can refer you to see a see a specialist ( oncologist) for further evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more


Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more