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What is Eye Cancer ?
Eye cancers are called ocular cancers. Ocular is the medical name for the eye. Cancers affecting the inside of the eye are intraocular. And those affecting the outside of the eye are extraocular. The uncontrollable growth of cells in the eye that forms a mass known as a tumor. A tumor can be both malignant or benign. Intraocular malignancy is a cancer that develops in the eyeball.
Types of Eye Cancer
There are several different types of eye cancer. Cancer that develops in your eye is called intraocular cancer. Cancer that develops outside your eye is called extraocular cancer.
Intraocular eye cancers - types of intraocular eye cancer include the following.
Extraocular eye cancers - extraocular eye cancers include the following -
Secondary eye cancers - sometimes a cancer can spread to your eye from another part of your body. This is called a secondary eye cancer. This is most likely to happen in women with breast cancer, and in men with lung cancer.
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Symptoms of Eye Cancer
Symptoms of eye cancer vary depending on the type of cancer you have and where it’s located.
If you have an intraocular cancer, such as ocular melanoma, you might not have any symptoms and it will be detected in a routine eye examination. This is why it’s important to have an eye test every two years. If you do have symptoms of eye cancer, they may include -
The symptoms of eye cancer in children are -
Causes of Eye Cancer
The exact reasons why you may develop eye cancer aren’t fully understood at present. However, you may be more likely to develop certain types of eye cancer if you have-
Treatments of Eye Cancer
Eye cancer treatment will depend on the type of eye cancer you have, the size and how far it has spread (which is called staging) and your general state of health. There are three main treatments for eye cancer.
Surgery - surgery usually involves removing just the affected tissue. This is often enough to remove most eyelid tumours. However, you may need to have a small part of your eye, or if the cancer affects a large part of your eye, your whole eye removed (enucleation surgery). If you have your eye removed an artificial (prosthetic) eyeball can be created to match your remaining eye. This will last for your lifetime, you won’t need to have it replaced.
If the cancer has spread you may need to have your eye and eyelid, and the muscles, nerves, and fat in your eye socket removed (exenteration surgery). After this surgery you may have an artificial eye or a facial prosthesis fitted. Some types of eye cancer, such as melanoma of the eye, can be treated with laser therapy (a high-energy beam of light will be used to destroy the cancer cells).
Radiotherapy - Surgery is sometimes combined with radiotherapy to treat eye cancer. Radiotherapy uses radiation to destroy cancer cells. A beam of radiation is targeted on the cancerous cells, which shrinks the tumour. Radiotherapy can now be targeted to the area that needs treating to prevent damaging normal tissues close by. Alternatively a source of radioactive material will be put in or near your tumour. This is called brachytherapy. Radiotherapy is often used to treat melanoma of the eye.
The length of your radiotherapy treatment will depend on what type of eye cancer you have and how severe it is. If you have ocular melanoma for example, you will usually have external beam radiotherapy as small doses over a few days or brachytherapy for a week. Ask your doctor for information on the type and length of treatment you need.
Chemotherapy - Chemotherapy is a treatment to destroy cancer cells with medicines. They are usually injected into your vein but sometimes may be given as tablets. Chemotherapy can be effective for treating lymphoma of the eye and retinoblastoma. It's only used for melanoma of the eye if other types of treatment haven't worked.
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