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Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is a cancer treatment that uses an intensely powerful beam of light to destroy the tumor. The laser may be used with a special dye that is injected into the tumor, causing the laser to heat the dye and kill the tumor. This is called thermotherapy. Photocoagulation is another treatment that uses a laser to destroy the blood vessels that feed the tumor, killing the tumor indirectly.
 

Treatment by Stage

A person's treatment options will depend on factors such as:
 
  • Where the cancer is in the eye
  • How far the cancer has spread
  • The patient's general health and age.
 
Treating Iris Melanoma
People with iris melanoma may not need treatment if the tumor is small, there are no symptoms, and the tumor is not growing. However, if the tumor begins to grow or if there are symptoms, treatment may include:
 
  • Surgery to remove the tumor
  • Surgery to remove the eye (enucleation)
  • Internal radiation therapy using small implants (plaques).
 
Treatment of Ciliary Body Melanoma
For people with ciliary body melanoma, treatment may include:
 
  • Internal radiation therapy using small implants (plaques)
  • External-beam radiation therapy
  • Surgery to remove the tumor
  • Surgery to remove the eye (enucleation).
 
Treating Small Choroidal Melanoma
People with small choroidal melanoma may not need treatment if the tumor is small, there are no symptoms, and the tumor is not growing. However, if the tumor begins to grow, or if there are symptoms, treatment may include:
 
  • Internal radiation therapy using small implants (plaques)
  • External-beam radiation therapy
  • Laser therapy (photocoagulation or thermotherapy)
  • Surgery to remove the eye (enucleation)
  • Surgery to remove the tumor and part of the iris or choroid (iridocyclectomy or choroidectomy).
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