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Cancer is a disease caused by any malignant (life-threatening), abnormal and uncontrolled growth, or cell division. It may sometimes spread to other parts of the body through the lymph nodes or the bloodstream.

As we grow, new cells form when the body needs them thus replacing the old ones that die. This process sometimes goes wrong. The new cells may form when they are not needed and the old may not die when they are supposed to. The excess cells will then form a tumor. These tumors can either be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The cells from malignant tumors can affect tissues surrounding them. They can also split up and spread to other parts of the body.

Even cancers not involving the eyes can sometimes spread to the eye

Types of eye cancer

The most common childhood eye cancer is retinoblastoma. Others that affect adults include eye melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and lymphoma.

Treatment

The various treatment options depend on factors like the type and stage of cancer, the patient’s preferred methods, the overall health status of the patient, and possible side effects. A consultation with the eye doctor can help the person make an excellent treatment choice.

Things to note after eye cancer treatment:

The treatment sometimes involves the destruction or extraction of the cancer. But for some people, it does not go away, and they require recurrent treatment to keep it in check. Whichever case the person faces, living as a cancer survivor will require a lot of care.

  • The person will need follow-up exams and tests
  • The person will need to be aware of possible late- or long-term side effects that could be experienced after the treatment.
  • The person must have a proper diet plan to help with recovery and good health
  • The person must know the physical activities that should be undertaken or avoided in the long or short term for a speedy recovery and sustained health.

Whatever the situation after treatment, always have regular check-ups to ensure the health status is fine and to detect any recurrence (when cancer comes back after treatment). Contact us for more details on after-treatment care.