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Clinical indication: ocular (uveal) melanoma
Uveal melanomas (malignant tumours of the eye) are the most common eye tumour.
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Historically, these tumours have been treated by completely removing the eye. However, precise forms of radiation treatment have been used to treat these tumours without enucleation and with less damage to the critical structures of the globe (cornea, lens, retina, fovea and optic nerve).*
Protons have been used to treat ocular melanoma since the mid-1970s.
Clinical study results show control rates greater than 95%, with long-term survival consistent with survival rates for patients who have had their diseased eyes removed.*
Most patients treated with proton therapy have retained useful vision in their treated eyes.*
The overall data indicate that proton therapy is effective for treating small, medium, and large tumours of the eye, especially in cases where tumour thickness or location precludes adequate treatment with radioactive plaques.*
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