Proper Screening for Metastasis Crucial for Choroidal Melanoma Patients


Patients diagnosed with choroidal melanoma run the risk of having the cancer spread to other parts of their body. In fact, medical evidence suggests half of all choroidal melanoma patients will develop metastatic disease.  However, Dr. Paul Finger’s says, “It’s not that simple.” Studies have pinpointed a number of factors shown to affect the spread [..] Read More…

New Study Shows Effectiveness of Minimally Invasive Biopsy Technique Pioneered by Dr. Finger

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Dr. Paul Finger and Dr. Tatyana Milman’s recently published study in the European Journal of Ophthalmology highlights the effectiveness of an innovative minimally invasive biopsy technique. Biopsy-proven iris melanoma carries a 10.7% risk of metastasis, making a safe method of iris tumor biopsy crucial. Currently, physicians often use fine-needle aspiration or wide-incision iridectomy. However, both [..] Read More…

ECF Fellow Publishes Uveal Melanoma Study in Middle East

Dr. Ahmad Shokri Zewar & Dr. Yacoub A.Yousef

Dr. Ahmad Shokri Zewar from Yemen was the first author of a recent study to evaluate the features and outcomes relating to the management of uveal melanoma in King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan. Zewar conducted the study with Dr. Yacoub A.Yousef, a collaboration that was possible thanks to The Eye Cancer Foundation’s Fellowship program [..] Read More…

NYECC’s Research Reaches Patients In Russia

Upload: January 26, 2016

Прочитайте эту статью на русском языке Dr. Finger recently published a scholarly article in the Russian Ophthalmological Journal. The paper chronicles the successful diagnosis and treatment of a 9-month-old girl. The case was particularly significant because Dr. Finger was able to diagnose and cure the girl through essentially non-invasive treatments. The diagnosis was made clinically [..] Read More…

To Diagnose Choroidal Melanoma, Just Remember MOST

Upload: February 17, 2016

Dr. Paul Finger has developed a memory tool to help ophthalmologists identify and catch eye cancers. This simple but effective mnemonic serves as a guide to aide in knowing when to send a patient to an eye cancer specialist. To effectively diagnose Choroidal Melanoma, ophthalmologists just need to remember “MOST.” Dr. Tero Kivela presented Dr. [..] Read More…

Radiation Retinopathy: Prevention and Suppression

Upload: January 8, 2016

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 [..] Read More…

Massive International Study Confirms: First Treatment Key to Avoiding Metastasis

Upload: December 29, 2015

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 [..] Read More…

10-Year Study of Intravitreal Anti-VEGF Therapy For Macular Radiation Retinopathy

Dr. Finger’s latest research, co-authored with Kimberly J. Chin and Ekaterina A. Semenova, was published in the European Journal of Ophthalmology. It was made available in PDF and EPUB eBook formats earlier this year. Download it below. Download an EPUB eBook of This Study Download a PDF of This Study Here is the opening summary of this [..] Read More…

You Don’t Have To Lose Your Vision From Radiation Retinopathy

Upload: November 23, 2015

Through his extensive research, Dr. Finger has shown that not all radiation techniques for treating eye cancer are equal. Though all radiation treatments kill cancer cells, there are significant dose-related differences in the severity and distribution of side effects depending on the technique. For example, as early as 1990, Dr. Finger’s research showed that compared [..] Read More…

Periodic Evaluations Key to Catching Spread of Eye Cancer

Upload: November 26, 2015

Although ocular melanoma can spread to other parts of the body, it is important to know that most patients do not develop metastases. However, because there is a risk, we highly recommend initial and follow up systemic evaluations. At The New York Eye Cancer Center, we suggest patients have a complete physical examination at the [..] Read More…

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