A New Treatment Option for Patients with Cancer in the Eye

Uveal melanoma (UM) is a rare malignancy characterized by the formation of cancer cells in the tissues of the eye. UM begins in the cells that make melanin, the dark-colored pigment in the eye’s middle layer.  

The uveal includes three components, the iris, the ciliary body, and the choroid.  Cancer can form in any of these areas, and tumor progression and patient prognosis vary depending on the location where cancer develops.

The iris is the colored part of the eye.  UM starting in the iris is generally a slow growing, small tumor.  UM of the iris does not typically spread to other organs. 

The ciliary body sits behind the iris.  It consists of a ring of tissue and muscles that changes the shape of the eye lens, allowing the eye to focus.  UM forming in the ciliary body…

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