Approximately 1,500 new cases of choroidal melanoma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Melanocytes, the pigment-making cells of your skin, can create melanomas and non-cancerous moles on the skin, including the eyelid.
In the eye, these cells begin growing in the choroid, a heavily pigmented layer underneath the retina, which is full of blood vessels. They also can grow in the iris, a circular structure in the eye. The iris controls the diameter and size of your pupil and gives your eye its color.
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.
Ultra-high frequency OCT (optical coherence tomography). This optical ultrasound diagnoses melanomas and conjunctival tumors without biopsy or radiation exposure. OCT allows your doctor to monitor suspicious moles in your eye and to treat them if they change.
Advanced diagnostic technology. With the region’s most advanced imaging technologies, experts at Sylvester and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute provide fast, accurate diagnosis to create a precise, personalized treatment plan.
Localized plaque radiation therapy to treat the melanoma while protecting the rest of the eye from radiation. Approximately 95 percent of patients with ocular melanoma receive this form of targeted radiation.
Sylvester is one of only four designated Cancer Centers of Excellence in Florida. And as the only one 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 - ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report. Bascom Palmer 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.