Cole Eye Institute Outcomes
Ocular Oncology Surgery
The mean incidence of uveal melanoma in the United States is 5.1 per million, with most cases (97.8%) occurring in the white population. Increasingly, uveal melanoma patients are being treated by radiation.
Several outcome measures can be considered when assessing treatment benefits of plaque radiation therapy. These include tumor specific mortality, local tumor control, globe salvage rate, and vision preservation. The recurrence rates following brachytherapy with plaque radiation therapy range from 10% to 15% in the published studies in the United States. Because the outcomes of interest are likely to occur after the first year following primary therapy, Cole Eye Institute recently conducted a comprehensive 10-year outcomes study,¹ which showed that recurrence was uncommon, with a 5-year estimated recurrence rate of 6.6%.
Uveal Melanoma Surgeries (N = 436)
2017 – 2021
During the past 5 years, an average of 87 uveal melanoma surgeries have been performed annually at Cleveland Clinic.
Medium-sized choroidal melanoma located in the nasal quadrant of the left eye, which was treated with Iodine-125 episcleral plaque brachytherapy.
Note tumor regression and mild chorioretinal atrophy along the margins of the tumor. Note absence of radiation retinopathy and optic neuropathy.