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Uveal 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 – local treatment and systemic treatment.  Local (often called regional) treatment involves directly attacking the tumours where they are situated, as with surgery.  Systemic treatment involves treating the whole body, as with chemotherapy.

Your medical/clinical oncologist will advise you on the best treatment for you, but it may involve a mixture of both regional and systemic treatment.

The most common place for uveal melanoma to spread is into the liver. Other common sites of metastases include the lungs and bone, although tumours can appear anywhere in the body as they are spread via the blood stream.

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