Periodic Evaluations Key to Catching Spread of Eye Cancer

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:

  1. Pretreatment whole body FDG PET/CT staging.
  2. Follow up abdominal imaging studies every 6 months for 5 years.
  3. Yearly abdominal imaging studies for at least 5 additional years.

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