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Eyelid Cancer (Squamous Cell Cancer of the Conjunctiva)


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The conjunctiva is a mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inner eyelid. Sometimes called eyelid cancer, it usually grows on the surface of the conjunctiva, but the cancer cells can grow into and around the eye.

These cancers are generally slow-growing. They rarely spread to another part of the body. Conjunctival squamous cell tumors are on the rise, however. This is related to HPV (human papilloma virus) and sun exposure.


In addition to other tests and a medical history, the following test may be specifically recommended to assess for squamous cell cancer of the conjunctiva.

Ocular Coherence Tomography
OCT helps diagnose squamous cell eye cancers. It is like having an optical biopsy because it can distinguish benign from malignant cells.


Treatment of squamous cell cancer of the conjunctiva includes surgery to remove the cancer, freezing therapy (cryotherapy) and a revolutionary topical, potentially curable, chemotherapy.

Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?

Sylvester is an NCI-designated cancer center. The National Cancer Institute has recognized Sylvester for its outstanding work conducting research in its laboratories, treating patients in its clinics and hospitals, and reaching out to medically underserved communities with innovative prevention strategies.

A history of firsts. Sylvester was the first center in the country to use topical interferon drops to treat eye cancer without the need for a biopsy.

More treatments. Our treatment options for eyelid cancer include surgery, freezing therapy (cryotherapy) and a revolutionary topical, potentially curable chemotherapy. Our Sylvester and Bascom Palmer researchers are studying other types of treatments in clinical trials.

Sylvester is one of only six designated Cancer Centers of Excellence in Florida. As the only center located in South Florida, you will have the comfort of knowing you are in the best possible place to treat your cancer.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is the top-rated facility in the country for the treatment of diseases and disorders of the eye, according to U.S. News & World Report. When you choose us for your eye care, you will receive the best care in the nation in a compassionate setting.

University-based medicine. Sylvester and Bascom Palmer physician-researchers are developing revolutionary new treatments for complex eye diseases. Their knowledge is sought after by physicians around the world.

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