Radiation Therapy for Malignant Intraocular Tumors

  • Luther W. Brady
  • Jerry A. Shields
  • James J. Augsburger
  • John L. Day
  • Arnold M. Markoe
  • Joseph R. Castro
  • Herman D. Swit

Abstract

There is a wide role for radiation therapy in the management of malignant tumors of the eye. Some investigators state that all primary intraocular malignant tumors, with the exception of retinoblastoma, are best treated by surgical techniques. They point out that the reason to irradiate the eye in patients with such lesions would be to preserve vision. These investigators further state that irradiation to cancerocidal levels may produce an iridocyclitis, resulting in an imbalance between aqueous production and absorption ending in glaucoma. In the past, definitive radiation therapy was pursued only if the lesion was located in the posterior half of the globe. However, with the advent of contemporary innovative techniques of radiation therapy, reassessment of this position indicates that there are specific circumstances under which malignant tumors of the eye can be treated successfully.

Keywords

Lymphoma Leukemia Radium Shrinkage Immobilization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luther W. Brady
  • Jerry A. Shields
  • James J. Augsburger
  • John L. Day
  • Arnold M. Markoe
  • Joseph R. Castro
  • Herman D. Swit

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