What is the prognosis for sebaceous carcinoma close to the tear duct of the eye, and what are the treatments?
Sebaceous carcinoma. The prognosis is excellent. Given the location, these tumors can be somewhat tricky to completely remove, as areas of the tumor can appear like normal sebaceous glands. The surgery is best performed by an ophthalmologist who does eye plastics, as they more routinely deal with this tumor type.
Risk factors. Patients who are older than 60 and have sebaceous cell carcinoma close to the eye, tend to do worse, unfortunately. Treatment is typically surgery (radiation if not a surgery candidate).Sebaceous cell carcinomas on the eyelid may need a sentinel lymph node biopsy to check for spread to lymph nodes. A head and neck surgeon should be involved in addition to an eye doctor for your best chance of cure.