How is skin cancer on the eyelid treated?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Several types of surgery are used in the treatment of ocular melanoma. These involve removing different portions of the eye, depending on the growth of the cancer. The other major treatment for this melanoma is a radiation therapy technique called brachytherapy. This method involves placing a batch of radioactive particles near the tumor. It has a very high success rate, although it is less likely to work if the cancer is near the nerve connecting the eye to the brain. Other treatments are rare and may involve the use lasers or cold to target the tumor.

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