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Treatment of metastatic intraocular melanoma

The following are treatment options for metastatic intraocular melanoma. The types of treatments given are based on the unique needs of the person with cancer.

Treatment for metastatic intraocular melanoma depends on:

  • where the cancer has spread and the extent of spread
  • the person’s age and overall health

When intraocular melanoma spreads (metastasizes) outside the eye, it most often spreads to the liver. In rare cases, it may also spread to other parts of the body, such as the lung or bone. Metastatic intraocular melanoma can be difficult to treat.

  • Treatment is often used to relieve pain or to control the symptoms caused by advanced cancer.
  • Treatment may include one or a combination of treatments, depending on the location and extent of the metastasis.
  • People with liver metastases may be offered chemotherapy, surgery (in certain situations) or other therapies.
  • Treatments used for metastatic skin melanoma may also be used to treat metastatic intraocular melanoma.

Clinical trials

People with intraocular melanoma may be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. For more information, go to clinical trials.

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