Eye Cancer: After Treatment

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 05/2012

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After treatment for eye cancer ends, talk with your doctor about developing a follow-up care plan. This plan may include regular physical examinations and/or medical tests to monitor your recovery in the coming months and years.

The follow-up care plan for people with intraocular melanoma will depend on the treatment they received. People who have had radiation therapy or have decided to choose active surveillance should have the tumor monitored closely, about every three to six months. Patients who have had the eye surgically removed should receive a yearly eye examination, and doctors should monitor the orbit closely for the next two to three years.

All people treated for intraocular melanoma need to be monitored to watch for any sign that the cancer may have spread to other areas of the body. This process may include a physical examination, blood work, and imaging tests, such as a chest x-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, or PET scan, every six to 12 months. Your doctor can work with you to decide on an appropriate follow-up care plan. ASCO offers cancer treatment summary forms to help keep track of the cancer treatment you received and develop a survivorship care plan once treatment is completed.

People recovering from eye cancer are encouraged to follow established guidelines for good health, such as maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, eating a balanced diet, and having recommended cancer screening tests. Talk with your doctor to develop a plan that is best for your needs. Moderate physical activity can help rebuild your strength and energy level. Your doctor can help you create an appropriate exercise plan based upon your needs, physical abilities, and fitness level. Learn more about the next steps to take in survivorship, including making positive lifestyle changes.

Find out more about common terms used after cancer treatment is complete.

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