Chemotherapy may be used to treat eye cancer in certain situations. Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to treat cancer. It is usually a systemic therapysystemic therapyTreatment that travels through the bloodstream to reach cells all over the body. that circulates throughout the body and destroys cancer cells, including those that may have broken away from the primary tumour. Some types of eye cancer, such as conjunctival or eyelid tumours, may be treated with topical chemotherapytopical chemotherapyTreatment with anti-cancer drugs in a lotion, cream or ointment that can be applied to the skin. applied directly to the eye.
Chemotherapy may be used:
Drugs, doses and schedules vary from person to person.
Chemotherapy drugs used to treat ocular lymphoma are the same as those used to treat other types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Chemotherapy drugs used to treat eye melanoma are the same as those used to treat melanoma skin cancer.
For detailed information on specific drugs, go to sources of drug information.
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