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What kind of treatment is available for melanoma?

Treatment varies depending on the individual and the tumor. Treatments include:

  1. Enucleation – removal of eye for large melanoma
  2. Plaque radiotherapy – focal radiation using a small device that is surgically implanted and left in place for 4-7 days. Successful with tumor control in 98%. Risks for vision loss.
  3. Surgical resection – removal of tumor but cutting the eye open to enter the eye and remove the melanoma.
  4. Transpupillary thermotherapy – used in conjunction with plaque for tumor consolidation or used alone for tiny melanomas. Type of laser treatment.
  5. Laser photocoagulation – used to protect vision
  6. Medicine injection – used to protect vision