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 time of diagnosis and every 6 months thereafter. These examinations should include a complete physical evaluation by a primary care physician. An abdominal imaging study is requested every 6 months for 5 years, and every year thereafter.
The following three steps are key to ensuring any spread of ocular melanoma is detected early enough for effective treatment:
- Pretreatment whole body FDG PET/CT staging.
- Follow up abdominal imaging studies every 6 months for 5 years.
- Yearly abdominal imaging studies for at least 5 additional years.
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