Conjunctival melanoma elsewhere
If your cancer has spread from your eye to other parts of the body, this is called “metastatic disease”. The tumours themselves are called “metastases”.
There are two approaches to treating metastases – regional treatment and systemic treatment. Regional treatment involves directly attacking the tumours where they are situated, as with surgery. Systemic treatment involves treating the whole body, as with chemotherapy.
If your tumours are isolated to one part of your body, they may be treated with regional therapies or surgery. However, if there are many sites of metastases in your body, systemic treatment may be more appropriate. Often a mix of both types of treatment is offered. Your medical/clinical oncologist will advise you on the best treatment for you.
The most common places for conjunctival melanoma to spread is to the lungs, brain, liver, skin, bone and the GI tract. However, tumours can appear anywhere in the body, as they are spread via both the bloodstream and the lymphatic system.