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Cancer of the eye is uncommon. It can affect the outer parts of the eye, such as the eyelid, which are made up of muscles, skin and nerves. If the cancer starts inside the eyeball it's called intraocular cancer. The most common intraocular cancers in adults are melanoma and lymphoma. The most common eye cancer in children is retinoblastoma, which starts in the cells of the retina. Cancer can also spread to the eye from other parts of the body.
Treatment for eye cancer varies by the type and by how advanced it is. It may include surgery, radiation therapy, freezing or heat therapy, or laser therapy.
Prevention and Risk Factors
- What Are the Risk Factors for Eye Cancer? (American Cancer Society)
Treatments and Therapies
- Drugs Approved for Retinoblastoma (National Cancer Institute)
- Treatment of Intraocular (Uveal) Melanoma (National Cancer Institute) Also in Spanish
- Treatment Option Overview (Intraocular [Uveal] Melanoma) (National Cancer Institute) Also in Spanish
- Treatment Option Overview (Retinoblastoma) (National Cancer Institute) Also in Spanish
- What Happens After Treatment for Eye Cancer? (American Cancer Society)
- Retinoblastoma: MedlinePlus Genetics (National Library of Medicine)
Statistics and Research
- What's New In Eye Cancer Research and Treatment? (American Cancer Society)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Clinical significance of serum and vitreous soluble interleukin-2 receptor in patients...
- Article: Logistic regression models of cytokines in differentiating vitreoretinal lymphoma from uveitis.
- Article: Therapy Failure and Resistance Mechanism in Eyelid and Ocular Surface Tumors.
- Eye Cancer -- see more articles
- How the Eyes Work (National Eye Institute)