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Ocular melanoma

Bertil Damato, Laura Hope-Stone, Bruce Cooper, Steve Brown, Peter Salmon, Heinrich Heimann, Laura Dunn
PURPOSE: To test the hypothesis that patients treated with radiotherapy for choroidal melanoma enjoy better quality of life (QoL) than patients who have undergone enucleation. METHODS: In this non-randomized study, patients with choroidal melanoma treated at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK, were invited to complete QoL questionnaires approximately six months post-operatively and then on each anniversary of their primary treatment. These instruments consisted of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)-QLQ_OPT30 questionnaire, Hospital Anxiety & Depression Scale (HADS), and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Treatment (FACT-G) questionnaire...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Ibrahim Sayed-Ahmed, Juan Carlos Murillo, Pedro Monsalve, Jan Paul Ulloa, Maria P Fernandez, James Wong, George Elgart, Anat Galor, Sander R Dubovy, Carol L Karp
PURPOSE: Blue nevus is a melanocytic tumor that is commonly found in the skin. Extracutaneous presentations, including the ocular surface, are rare. As such, the purpose of this study was to characterize the clinical features and clinical course of congenital melanocytic tumor (blue nevus) of the conjunctiva. DESIGN: Retrospective, noncomparative case series. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-one patients with 23 blue nevi of the ocular surface that were excised surgically between 2000 and 2016...
March 15, 2018: Ophthalmology
David Reichstein, Kayla Karan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Plaque brachytherapy remains the dominant globe-sparing therapy of uveal melanoma. This report highlights recent advances, which have expanded plaque brachytherapy's uses as well as improved the surgical technique. RECENT FINDINGS: Plaque brachytherapy is effective for tumors that may previously have demanded enucleation. Plaque brachytherapy can be used to control large melanomas as well as melanomas touching the optic nerve. Improvements in planning and design have made plaque therapy simpler for the surgical operator and may reduce collateral radiation damage to normal ocular structures...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
Michael T Milano, Jimm Grimm, Scott G Soltys, Ellen Yorke, Vitali Moiseenko, Wolfgang A Tomé, Arjun Sahgal, Jinyu Xue, Lijun Ma, Timothy D Solberg, John P Kirkpatrick, Louis S Constine, John C Flickinger, Lawrence B Marks, Issam El Naqa
PURPOSE: Dosimetric and clinical predictors of radiation-induced optic nerve/chiasm neuropathy (RION) after single-fraction stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) or hypofractionated (2-5 fractions) radiosurgery (fSRS) were analyzed from pooled data that were extracted from published reports (PubMed indexed from 1990 to June 2015). This study was undertaken as part of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine Working Group on Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, investigating normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) after hypofractionated radiation...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
M Fiorentzis, H Kalirai, P Katopodis, B Seitz, A Viestenz, S E Coupland
Electrochemotherapy (ECT) enhances responsiveness to cytotoxic drugs in numerous cell lines in vitro. Clinically ECT is widely applied for skin tumor ablation and has shown efficacy in treating non-resectable colorectal liver metastases. There is limited experience of ECT for ocular tumor therapy. We investigated the cytotoxic effect of bleomycin and cisplatin in combination with electroporation on chemoresistant human uveal melanoma (UM) cell lines in vitro. Four UM cell lines (Mel 270, 92-1, OMM-1, OMM-2...
2018: Neoplasma
Jessica G Rushton, Reinhard Ertl, Dieter Klein, Alexander Tichy, Barbara Nell
Objectives Feline diffuse iris melanoma (FDIM) is the most common malignant primary intraocular tumour in cats, with reported metastases rates between 19% and 63%. Currently, the only available diagnostic tool for a tentative diagnosis is histopathological examination of the enucleated eye. Therefore, the veterinary ophthalmologist is often faced with the dilemma of whether to enucleate an oftentimes visual eye or to continue monitoring, with the risk of metastases developing. In the past, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) gained more attention in human medicine, especially in the field of oncology...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Kelly J Butnor, Elizabeth N Pavlisko, Thomas A Sporn, Victor L Roggli
CONTEXT: - Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a component of the BAP1 tumor predisposition syndrome. Other than in BAP1 familial studies, nonmesothelial neoplasms in individuals with MM has not been comprehensively assessed. OBJECTIVE: - To assess the spectrum and prevalence of nonmesothelial neoplasms in individuals with MM. DESIGN: - Individuals with MM and second neoplasms were identified from a database of 3900 MM cases. The expected prevalence of each type of neoplasm was calculated and compared with the actual prevalence in the study population using available Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data and other published data...
March 12, 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mykyta Artomov, Alexander J Stratigos, Ivana Kim, Raj Kumar, Martin Lauss, Bobby Y Reddy, Benchun Miao, Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza, Aravind Sankar, Ching-Ni Njauw, Kristen Shannon, Evangelos S Gragoudas, Anne Marie Lane, Vivek Iyer, Julia A Newton-Bishop, D Timothy Bishop, Elizabeth A Holland, Graham J Mann, Tarjinder Singh, Mark J Daly, Hensin Tsao
Background: Extraordinary progress has been made in our understanding of common variants in many diseases, including melanoma. Because the contribution of rare coding variants is not as well characterized, we performed an exome-wide, gene-based association study of familial cutaneous melanoma (CM) and ocular melanoma (OM). Methods: Using 11 990 jointly processed individual DNA samples, whole-exome sequencing was performed, followed by large-scale joint variant calling using GATK (Genome Analysis ToolKit)...
December 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Lauren A Dalvin, Diva R Salomão, Sanjay V Patel
AIM: To determine population-based incidence of conjunctival tumours in Olmsted County, Minnesota. METHODS: The Rochester Epidemiology Project medical record linkage system was used to identify patients with conjunctival tumours in Olmsted County (1 January 1980 to 31 December 2015). Records were reviewed for demographics, types of tumours, histopathology, treatment and clinical course. Incidence rate of all tumours was calculated per 1 000 000 person-years. Poisson regression analysis was used to assess changes in incidence over time...
March 6, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Ofira Zloto, Vicktoria Vishnevskia-Dai, Joseph Moisseiev, Ido Didi Fabian
Uveal melanoma, the most common primary intraocular malignancy in adults, is potentially a lethal tumour. Since the development of local radiotherapy, tumour control is achieved in the majority of cases and most eyes are salvaged. Despite this, more than 50% of patients develop distant metastatic spread, mainly to the liver, and in the absence of efficient treatments to extend life, die soon after. A great deal of effort has been put into developing prognostic markers for metastatic spread and survival. Novel genetic prognostic tests, recently introduced, are now being clinically used in many ocular oncology centres worldwide...
February 2018: Harefuah
Chia-Hsing Liu, Chih-Hung Lin, Min-Jan Tsai, Yu-Hsuan Chen, Sheau-Fang Yang, Kun-Bow Tsai
OBJECTIVE: Diagnosing melanocytic lesions is among the most challenging problems in the practice of pathology. The difficulty of physically masking melanin pigment and the similarity of its color to commonly used chromogens often complicate examination of the cytomorphology and immunohistochemical staining results for tumor cells. Melanin bleach can be very helpful for histopathological diagnosis of heavily pigmented melanocytic lesions. Although various depigmentation methods have been reported, no standardized methods have been developed...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
Aline I Riechardt, Julian P Klein, Dino Cordini, Jens Heufelder, Matus Rehak, Ira Seibel, Antonia M Joussen
PURPOSE: This study aims to analyze the effect of salvage proton beam therapy for the treatment of recurrent iris melanoma. METHOD: In this clinical case series, we retrospectively analyzed the data of eight patients who underwent proton beam therapy of the whole anterior segment as salvage therapy between 2000 and 2016 for recurrent iris melanoma after resection, ruthenium brachytherapy, or sector proton beam therapy. Two patients received salvage proton beam therapy for repeated tumor relapse...
February 20, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Caroline Colmant, Deborah Franck, Liliane Marot, Gert Matthijs, Yves Sznajer, Sandrine Blomme, Isabelle Tromme
LEOPARD syndrome, also known as Gorlin syndrome II, cardiocutaneous syndrome, lentiginosis profusa syndrome, Moynahan syndrome, was more recently coined as Noonan syndrome with multiple lentigines (NSML), inside the RASopathies. Historically, the acronym LEOPARD refers to the presence of distinctive clinical features such as: lentigines (L), electrocardiographic/conduction abnormalities (E), ocular hypertelorism (O), pulmonary stenosis (P), genital abnormalities (A), retardation of growth (R), and sensorineural deafness (D)...
January 2018: Dermatology Practical & Conceptual
Raksha Rao, Elif B Turkoglu, Emil A T Say, Carol L Shields
PURPOSE: To evaluate the natural history of myelinated retinal nerve fiber layer (MRNFL) through clinical features and enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography. METHODS: This is a retrospective, noncomparative, case series of patients who underwent thorough clinical examination to document associated ocular and systemic features. Enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography was performed when MRNFL was located posteriorly and accessible to imaging...
February 13, 2018: Retina
Iwona Rospond-Kubiak, Marta Wróblewska-Zierhoffer, Hanna Twardosz-Pawlik, Jarosław Kocięcki
Purpose: The aim of this study was to report on results of uveal melanoma treatment with ruthenium-106 (106 Ru) brachytherapy with long-term follow-up, in terms of local tumor control, eye retention rate, radiation retinopathy, and patients' survival. Material and methods: Medical records of patients treated with ruthenium plaque due to uveal melanoma at the Department of Ophthalmology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland, between 1994 and 2014 were retrospectively reviewed...
December 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
Muhammad Zubair Afzal, Rodwell Mabaera, Keisuke Shirai
BACKGROUND: Uveal melanoma accounts for 85% of the ocular melanomas and has an increased risk of hematogenous spread, most commonly to the liver. After curative intent therapy like surgery and radiation, fifty percent of patients present with distant metastasis. Metastatic uveal melanoma (MUM) does not harbor typically targetable mutations, e.g., BRAF as in cutaneous melanoma. As a result, there is no proven therapy for MUM. Various chemotherapy and immunotherapy regimens have been tried and only partial response (PR) is the best that has been achieved in most of the cases...
February 12, 2018: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Fariba Ghassemi, Reza Mirshahi, Kaveh Fadakar, Siamak Sabour
Synopsis: In optical coherence tomography angiography, the choroidal vascular flow rate in choroidal melanoma is significantly lower than that in choroidal nevus. Objective: The objective of this study was to describe the choriocapillaris and retinal features imaged by optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) in eyes with choroidal nevus from small malignant choroidal melanoma. Methods: In this retrospective, noninvasive, observational study, 11 patients diagnosed with small choroidal mass (five with choroidal nevus and six with malignant melanoma) who underwent dilated fundus examination, ocular ultrasonography and OCTA images were compared...
2018: Clinical Ophthalmology
Rupinder Chahal, Abhijit Anand Mohite, Heinrich Heimann, Atul Bansal
PURPOSE: We report a previously unrecognised mechanism of secondary glaucoma due to iridescent crystalline particles released from an irradiated iris melanoma. It masqueraded as refractory hypertensive uveitis following uncomplicated phacoemulsification. METHODS: A 58-year-old gentleman had an iris melanoma that underwent successful regression following irradiation with proton beam radiotherapy (PBRT). Three years later an uncomplicated phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implant was performed and subsequently the patient presented with apparently "refractory hypertensive uveitis"...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Glaucoma
Inder K Daftari, Jeanne M Quivey, Jennifer S Chang, Kavita K Mishra
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to explore the feasibility of the use of titanium fiducial markers to minimize the metallic artifact seen with tantalum markers which causes significant distortion on postoperative orbital CT scans. METHOD: We designed and constructed the titanium markers in the shop of Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, UC Davis, CA. The markers were placed on an eyeball phantom. The eyeball was inserted into the Rando phantom in the orbital space...
January 29, 2018: Medical Physics
Hector Garcia-Moreno, Hiva Fassihi, Robert P E Sarkany, Julie Phukan, Thomas Warner, Alan R Lehmann, Paola Giunti
Xeroderma pigmentosum is characterized by cutaneous, ophthalmological, and neurological features. Although it is typical of childhood, late presentations can mimic different neurodegenerative conditions. We report two families presenting as Huntington's disease-like syndromes. The first case (group G) presented with neuropsychiatric features, cognitive decline and chorea. Typical lentigines were only noticed after the neurological disease started. The second case (group B) presented adult-onset chorea and neuropsychiatric symptoms after an aggressive ocular melanoma...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
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