Donate to Eye Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education

In 2019, approximately 3,500 Americans will be diagnosed with eye cancer. This form of cancer occurs more frequently in men than in women and can manifest in the eyeball, on the surface of the eye or on the eyelids. Tumors, lymphoma and melanoma are all types of cancers that can affect the eye.

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of eye cancer-related research and care at Northwestern Medicine, you will help scientists and physicians to learn more about the causes and symptoms of eye cancer, to continue to develop new diagnostic techniques and to enhance treatment methods for this rare and challenging disease. 

Just as there are multiple types of eye cancer, there are many symptoms that can be associated with the disease. Some forms of eye cancer produce no symptoms and are diagnosed during routine eye examinations by ophthalmologists. Common, identifiable symptoms of eye cancer include vision problems, “floaters” in the eye and flashes of light, as well as bulges in the eye, dark spots on the iris and a change in shape of the pupil. If a person experiences any of these these symptoms, he or she should undergo a full examination by an ophthalmologist.

While the exact cause of eye cancer remains unknown, specialists at Northwestern Medicine have identified a number of risk factors that appear to contribute to the onset of the disease. These factors include:

  • Age: Eye cancer is most frequently diagnosed in people age 55 and older
  • Race: Eye cancer is more prevalent among Caucasians than African-Americans
  • Gender: More men than women are affected by eye cancer
  • Personal history: Some medical conditions, such as spots or moles in the eye, might increase a person’s risk of developing eye cancer
  • Family history

Northwestern Medicine’s specialists are equipped with numerous diagnostic techniques to evaluate a person with possible symptoms of eye cancer and, if cancer is identified, to determine the exact type. These diagnostic tools include ultrasounds, fluorescein angiography, fine needle therapy  and CT scans and MRIs. To treat eye cancer, Northwestern Medicine’s multidisciplinary team of ocular oncologists, surgeons, advance practice providers and other healthcare professionals offers patients a range of options and approaches. A patient’s personalized treatment plan might include chemotherapy, laser therapy, proton therapy and/or radiation therapy. In addition, some patients might need to undergo surgery to remove cancerous cells.

Eye Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Northwestern Medicine is committed to offering the highest level of care to patients affected by eye cancer. With the support of your donation to Northwestern memorial Foundation, our specialists will remain on the leading edge of the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of this rare form of cancer. Through your generosity, you will help to ensure that people with eye cancer will continue to benefit from the most advanced, most complete and most compassionate care at Northwestern Medicine.

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