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Eye cancer treatment with brachytherapy (plaque therapy)

Eye cancer treatment with brachytherapy (plaque therapy)

Overview

Type of care

Outpatient

Method

Minimally invasive

About the offer

Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to use methods of eye cancer therapy that affect the whole organism (e. g. , chemotherapy) or aim to remove the damaged organ (e. g. , eyeball removal surgery). In that case, doctors might offer the patient to try the brachytherapy method. It helps to damage the tumor cells' DNA, slow down cancer’s progression, and even might help to shrink the tumor and make it more possible to conduct successful surgery. Brachytherapy is done by placing small pieces of radioactive materials inside the tumor (or near it). The main issue with brachytherapy for eye cancer is that it’s pretty hard to damage the tumor while simultaneously avoiding damaging healthy parts of an organ. Still, the doctors find an excellent method that helps to prevent this unwanted damage. They combined radioactive seeds with a thin sheet of gold, called the plague, and placed it over the eye. The gold sheet protects the eye parts from excessive ionizing exposure, while the tumor gets a significant radiation dosage. Usually, the brachytherapy might last around two to five days, and patients don’t need to remain in the hospital during the whole treatment session. Still, they should visit medical practitioners regularly to monitor the treatment process and ensure the gold plague is okay.

What’s included

Medical service

Examination
  • clinical history-taking
  • medical records review
  • physical examination
  • consultation with a radiation oncologist
  • consultation with an ophthalmologist
Laboratory tests
  • complete blood count (CBC)
  • blood type test (ABO, Rh)
  • biochemical analysis of blood (kidney and liver function tests, electrolytes)
  • inflammation blood tests
  • coagulation studies
Diagnosis
  • CT scan of the head
  • ocular ultrasound
  • optical coherence tomography scan (OCT)
  • visual acuity test
  • slit-lamp examination
  • light response pupil test
  • tonometry (intraocular pressure measurement)
  • refractometry
  • ocular motility exam
  • visual field testing
  • fundus examination
  • keratometry
Treatment
  • pre-procedure patient preparation
  • plaque brachytherapy (radioactive seed implantation to the eye tumor)
  • post-procedure care
  • symptomatic treatment
Other
  • cost of essential medicines
  • cost of essential materials
  • local anesthesia
  • nursing service
  • discharge medical records
  • further recommendations

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FAQ

How long does the offer take?

The offer is designed for 5 days.

Does the offer require you to stay in the clinic overnight?

What are the age restrictions?

The offer is eligible for both adults and kids.

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