ocular oncology

New therapies for uveal melanoma target radiation toxicity, metastatic riskOngoing research for the treatment of uveal melanoma is providing hope that the future may bring new approaches for improving the safety of local therapy–along with modalities that will increase survival by reducing metastatic risk.
Managing conjunctival pigmented lesionsKnowing how to recognize and manage the various forms of conjunctival pigmented lesions can literally mean the difference between life and death in some cases.
Improving the prognosis of uveal melanomaAbout one-half of people diagnosed with uveal melanoma ultimately develop metastatic disease. A look at survival rates for patients with uveal melanoma indicate that not much has changed in the past several decades or even for the past 100-plus years. Nevertheless, there is good reason to be optimistic about the future considering the recent developments and ongoing research in this field, said Mary Beth Aronow, MD, at Ocular Oncology and Pathology 2016.
How to identify ocular cancerOptometrists in a practice unaffiliated with a tertiary care center will rarely see patients ocular cancer, a disease that is both sight threatening and life threatening. Because it’s impossible to predict who will walk through your door, it’s necessary to remain vigilant for signs of ocular melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, ocular lymphoma and leukemia, as well as cancers that have metastasized to the eye.
AAO to bring hot topics, ‘view across the pond’ to ChicagoThe 2014 meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology will convene in Chicago from Oct. 17 to 21. Visit www.aao.org for the latest updates or to register.
What ophthalmologists need to know about ocular cancerOphthalmologists may be first to make a diagnosis of eye cancer in patients who present with ocular tumors and should be aware of the various forms and types of disease.
Dr. Shields to receive national awardJerry A. Shields, MD, director of the Wills Eye Ocular Oncology Service, has been named to receive the National Physician of the Year Award in Clinical Excellence.