Behind the Mystery of Uveal Melanoma
April 11, 2022
A disease in which cancer cells form in the eye and affects approximately 2,000 Americans each year
Melanoma is a type of cancer that usually affects the skin, but uveal melanoma is a disease in which cancer cells form in the eye. Many times, it does not cause any symptoms, and it is often detected during a dilated eye exam, which is performed during a routine eye exam.
About 50% of all uveal melanoma cases will metastasize or spread to other areas of the body. Due to its rarity, it is recommended that patients visit a specialty care center that has experience treating this rare type of cancer.
We spoke with Dr. Orloff, a medical oncologist from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, to learn more about this disease. We also spoke with Lindsay from Denver, Colorado, who shared her experience with uveal melanoma and how it affected her life.
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