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Stages of Intraocular Melanoma

Once a doctor has diagnosed intraocular melanoma, he or she will order more tests to find out exactly what kind of tumor the patient has and whether cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body. This is called staging. A doctor needs to know the stage of intraocular melanoma in order to plan treatment.
 
Doctors stage intraocular melanoma based on the area of the eye where the tumor is found and the size of the tumor. The stages of intraocular melanoma include:
 
  • Iris melanoma
  • Ciliary body melanoma
  • Small choroidal melanoma
  • Medium and large choroidal melanoma
  • Extraocular extension and metastatic intraocular melanoma
  • Recurrent intraocular melanoma.
 
Iris Melanoma
Intraocular melanoma of the iris occurs in the front colored part of the eye. Iris melanomas usually grow slowly and do not spread to other parts of the body.
 
Ciliary Body Melanoma
Intraocular melanoma of the ciliary body occurs in the back part of the eye.
 
Small Choroidal Melanoma
Intraocular melanoma of the choroid occurs in the back part of the eye. This type of tumor is classified by the size of the tumor. A small choroidal melanoma is 3 millimeters or less in thickness.
 
Medium and Large Choroidal Melanoma
Intraocular melanomas of the choroid occur in the back part of the eye. This type of tumor is classified by the size of the tumor. Medium and large choroidal melanomas are more than 3 millimeters in thickness.
 
Extraocular Extension and Metastatic Intraocular Melanoma
In extraocular extension and metastatic intraocular melanoma, the melanoma has spread outside the eye, to the nerve behind the eye (the optic nerve), to the eye socket, or to other parts of the body.
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