3 Things to Know About Eye Cancer
- Posted on: May 15 2018
Being diagnosed with cancer can feel like a kick in the gut. To put it lightly, a cancer diagnosis of any kind can be hard to fully absorb. Hopefully, with the right staff of doctors and professionals, you can get the cancer treatment you need to get on a path toward a healthy recovery. Here at Dr. Kristin Tarbet office, we specialize in the treatment of a variety of cancers including eye tumors. Let’s take a closer look at three unique facts about these eye cancer and tumors.
It Can Start in Different Places
The most common form of intraocular cancer is called uveal metastases which is cancer that has spread to the uvea from another part of the body— meaning that it’s secondary cancer. However, an eye tumor is usually completely different because it’s a type of primary intraocular cancer which means that the tumor started in the eye.
There May Not Be Symptoms
Patients who have intraocular melanoma typically don’t have any sort of evident symptoms. However, some patients with intraocular cancer experience symptoms like the following:
- Blurred vision
- Flashes of light
- Seeing spots, floaters, or squiggly lines
- Having a dark spot on the iris
It Can Be Treated
Typically, eye tumors can be treated with a multidisciplinary team approach which involves the help of multiple types of doctors in a variety of different fields— including oculofacial plastics such as Dr. Kristin Tarbet. Studies have seen a higher rate of success with patients who take this kind of approach.
If you or a family member have recently been diagnosed with an eye tumor, Dr. Kristin Tarbet and her staff of doctors may be able to help. During your initial consultation and in collaboration with some of your other doctors, we can work to find the right treatment option for you and your vision.