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 outcome events 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%.
The lower number of overall procedures in 2020 over previous years were a result of the COVID pandemic.
Uveal Melanoma Surgeries (N = 455)
2016 – 2020