Radiation Retinopathy: Prevention and Suppression

The following article by Dr. Finger was originally published on Retinal Physician. Find it here.

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”1 Although he was referring to fire prevention, this adage also applies to radiation maculopathy.

Over the years, I have relentlessly sought ways to decrease therapeutic radiation to the fovea and optic nerve. For example, in the 1980s, I studied adding intraocular microwave hyperthermia to lowered doses of plaque radiation therapy for the treatment of choroidal melanoma.2

In 1990, I published on the use of radio-opaque vitreous substitutes to act as an internal shield during plaque radiation therapy.3 This strategy is being pursued today with silicone oil.4

However, it was not until the mid-1990s that I discovered a simple, low-risk opportunity to improve plaque radiation therapy.57 Compared to iodine-125, the use of lower-energy palladium-103 photons shifted the intraocular dose distribution.8 It increased the dose within the tumor, while decreasing irradiation of most normal ocular structures.9 Continue reading…

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.

Patient Stories

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