Massive International Study Confirms: First Treatment Key to Avoiding Metastasis

The Ophthalmic Oncology Task Force, including doctors from The New York Eye Cancer Center, just published the results of one of the largest multi-center, international studies of eye cancer in history. Their findings were published in Ophthalmology, the most widely read journal in the discipline, from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

This study has shown that the risk of developing metastasis is 6.28 times greater for uveal melanoma patients whose tumor regrows after initial treatment.

This result tells us that ocular oncologists should do all they can to prevent local treatment failure after first-time treatment of choroidal melanoma. Failure to do so gives the tumor a significantly higher chance of metastasizing to the rest of a patient’s body. Continue reading…

NYECC Acquires the First OCT2 Machine for Clinical Use in United States

The New York Eye Cancer Center is thrilled to announce it is the first clinic in the United States to use the state-of-art OCT2 imaging machine from Heidelberg Engineering. The machine was publicly released earlier this year and installed at NYECC the week before Christmas. It reflects Dr. Finger’s continuing commitment to provide cutting-edge, next-generation eye cancer care. Dr. Finger insists on the best for his patients, and the OCT2 will greatly improve the accuracy of our diagnoses even further.

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Dr. Finger pioneered the use of OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) for radiation retinopathy. The OCT technique creates 3D images of the retina and is one of the best tools available for the diagnosis of eye cancer. The OCT2 represents a huge step forward with this technology, allowing Dr. Finger and his staff to make even more precise diagnoses.

OCT is similar to an ultrasound, but uses light instead sound waves. As a result, it offers much clearer images that are superior to traditional MRIs or ultrasounds. The OCT imaging technique uses light to capture 3-D images from within tissue, creating high-definition pictures at resolutions comparable to a low-power microscope. Using the OCT2, Dr. Finger will be able to see within, around, and even behind intraocular tumors. For his patients, this means better diagnoses, treatments, and ultimately better outcomes.

The OCT2 features significant advances over the older technology. Its extremely fast scanning speed improves scan placement and limits interference, known as artifact potentials. This faster scan also includes rapid data acquisition, which allows the machine to record even more data than before and provide:

  • 3D visualizations
  • High-resolution images
  • Ultra-high density scans

Looking at blood flow within the internal structures of the eye – angiography – is vital to accurately diagnosing eye cancer. The OCT2 is capable of recording high-speed angiography and can actually create movies of blood flow dynamics. It’s also all ready to be upgraded to the emerging technology of dye-less angiogram imaging.

Ultimately, the OCT2 will allow Dr. Finger to view more of the eye at one time. It features Full Depth Imaging (FDI), allowing visualization of vitreous (the clear gel that fills the space between the lens and the retina) to choroid (the vascular layer of the eye containing connective tissue that lies between the retina and the sclera) in one single image.

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On top of this, a new wide-field capability allows Dr. Finger to see the anterior retina. It can tune in different wavelengths of light to image at different depths within the retina itself. The ultra-wide field of vision offered by the OCT2 allows for more of the retina and tumor to be seen within a single image.

For the time being, the NYECC is the only clinic in the United States where patients can have their eyes imaged with this cutting-edge machine. Until now, it has only been in use at various research sites in the US.

Not only will Dr. Finger have one of the best eye cancer diagnostic tools at his fingertips, but the machine’s faster scanning also greatly improves the patient’s experience at NYECC. Patients will spend less time staring into a machine and more time discussing their case and the best course of treatment with Dr. Finger. Eventually the OCT2 will be upgraded to dye-less angiogram imaging, meaning patients won’t need to receive dye injections.

The acquisition of the OCT2 machine continues NYECC’s commitment to being the next generation of eye cancer care. By combining the most technologically advanced diagnostic tools with pioneering treatments, Dr. Finger offers his patients the most advanced care available.

In 2015, Dr. Finger Wrote the Book on Eye Cancer

Upload: January 4, 2016Dr. Paul Finger of the New York Eye Cancer Center is honored to be the sole author of all eye cancer sections in the latest edition of the Manual of Clinical Oncology. Published last September, the Manual is an essential reference text for clinicians treating and caring for oncology patients anywhere on the globe.

The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) publishes the Manual. Composed of 130 affiliate agencies, the UICC is the largest cancer organization in the world. It works to unite the global cancer community, integrating cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

The UICC Manual is designed as a tool for both physicians-in-training and practicing oncologists in every country. It seeks to provide a broad overview of the latest in oncology diagnosis and treatments, while remaining relevant for doctors practicing in less-than-ideal conditions. It does this by recommending procedures for those lacking expensive or advanced tools and resources.

Dr. Finger covers eye cancer care in Chapter 54 of the Manual: “Ocular Malignancies: Choroidal Melanoma, Retinoblastoma, Ocular Adnexal Lymphoma and Eyelid Cancer”.

As the UICC writes, the Manual is “edited by world-renowned practising oncologists and written by key opinion leaders.” Dr. Finger is recognized by his colleagues for pioneering imaging and surgical techniques that are now widely adopted as standard practice for ocular oncologists, including palladium-103 plaque therapy, Finger-tip cryotherapy, the Finger Iridectomy Technique, and slotted plaques for choroidal melanoma.

The previous year, Dr. Finger authored of the choroidal melanoma section in DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg’s Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology: 10th Edition. This is the most commonly used medical oncology textbook.

Welcome to the Next Generation of Eye Cancer Care

New York Eye Cancer Center Director Dr. Paul T. Finger has practiced medicine for over 30 years, but that doesn’t mean we’re set in our ways. Research into eye cancer is moving at breakneck speed, and the NYECC is always working to set the curve.

We’re proud to announce the completion of two projects to meet the needs of our patients and referring physicians:

This New Responsive Website

We have drastically streamlined the navigation and functioning of our website so you can quickly and easily find the information you need.

About NYECC contains all the key information about Dr. Finger and our practice.

Our Approach is a step-by-step guide for prospective patients to understand the value we offer, including our innovation-oriented philosophy and published results from our treatment programs.

Patient Resources has information for patients traveling internationally to visit us, general information to prepare for your appointment, and helpful links to resources for living with eye cancer.

Referring Doctors offers additional information for physicians on what differentiates our practice, and includes the option of online doctor-to-doctor consultations to review cases worldwide.

Finally, The Latest From Dr. Finger’s Desk is our new blog, where we will share not only news from our practice, but any news relevant to eye cancer patients and physicians.

Expanded Offices in Midtown Manhattan

We have added an additional exam room, more administrative space, and a state-of-the-art meeting room to facilitate our ongoing research and teaching efforts.

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Every exam room in our office features modern diagnostic equipment and a 55” HD display, which Dr. Finger uses to clearly show patients what is happening inside their eyes and how treatment is progressing.

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The meeting room is equipped with the latest in multimedia technology to facilitate interactions between Dr. Finger and his oncology colleagues, research fellows, and students. Patients treated at the New York Eye Cancer Center are receiving care from one of the leading research facilities in the world, and this meeting space will allow us to continue promoting multi-center cooperation in saving sight and saving lives.

A Steadfast Commitment

We are very proud of these new projects at the New York Eye Cancer Center, but at the end of the day, our focus remains achieving Dr. Finger’s vision of excellence in care, a results-oriented approach, and personal attention for every patient.

Your feedback is most welcome. Please let us know what you think of the new website in the comments below.

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