The treatment of eye cancer, or malignant cells found in any of the 3 segments of the eye, can be complicated. Because many of the available options can permanently damage a patient's vision, it's important to consider all factors before you choose a treatment. There are many effective methods, including laser therapy, surgery and chemotherapy, but you'll want to work with your doctor to create a tailored plan that serves your specific health needs.
Consider all of Your Eye Cancer Treatment Options
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Do your own research at the American Cancer Society Web site (see Resources below). Don't just rely on the advice of your doctor, as there are many treatments to choose from and dozens of factors to consider.
Get a second opinion if you're still confused or require additional expert advice.
Understand the side effects associated with treatment options. Side effects for chemotherapy, as an example, can be quite severe, yet the method itself is effective.
Consider your age, overall health and cancer stage, as these will help you choose the right treatment.
Ask about clinical trials. If they are currently available for eye cancer in your area, you will be administered the latest treatment methods and may receive care for little to no out-of-pocket costs.
Choose a Treatment Method That Meets Your Needs
Find out if there are treatments available for your specific eye cancer that can preserve your eyesight, but understand that in some cases, this will not be possible.
Prepare yourself for treatment by following the regimented diet, exercise and sleep program associated with your selected method.
Schedule regular follow up appointments to check the progress of your cancer. This may affect the treatments you and your doctor select.