Symptoms and Diagnosis

Eye tumors are often first noticed during routine exams

Reading the signs of uveal melanomaUveal melanoma manifests itself in many ways. Some people may experience blurred vision, floaters, flashing lights and shadow in the vision.  For many others, however, there is no sign of irregular vision and the tumor may go undetected until it is found during a routine dilated eye exam.

To check for abnormalities and make a diagnosis, the doctor uses an indirect ophthalmoscope to examine the back part of the inside of the eye. Your doctor may also use ultrasound, fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, or even a biopsy, to establish the diagnosis. However, uveal melanoma is one of the few cancers that can be accurately diagnosed without a biopsy in most cases.

 

Know your TYPE, Know your RISK
You’ve just been diagnosed with uveal melanoma, and it’s important to know that there is a test that can identify your tumor type—and the risk of your cancer spreading.

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GETTING TESTED       Timing is Critical
To know your tumor type and risk, a biopsy must be taken BEFORE radiation treatment.

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Talk to                 Your Doctor
Use this discussion guide to talk to your doctor about the genomic test to learn your tumor type, or CLASS.

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