Iodine-125 plaque therapy for ocular melanoma
Iodine-125 plaque therapy is a treatment during which an eye specialist, otherwise known as an ophthalmologist, attaches a plaque slightly smaller than a quarter to the back of the eye. The radiation oncologist works closely with the ophthalmologist to customize a plaque containing radioactive iodine seeds that deliver a high dose to the tumor located in the back of the eye, with a small dose delivered to the remainder of the eye. The plaque remains in place for two to three days, and the majority of patients do not experience vision loss. We work with several ophthalmologists to perform this procedure and have more than 10 years of experience using this approach to treat patients with melanoma arising in the eye.