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22nd Annual Meeting of the German Retina Society

German Retina Society

26.06. - 27.06.2009, Berlin

Radiotherapy of large uveal melanoma

Meeting Abstract

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  • Gerhard A. Horstmann - Gamma Knife Centre Krefeld
  • N. Bornfeld - University Eye Clinic of Essen

German Retina Society. 22nd Annual Meeting of the German Retina Society. Berlin, 26.-27.06.2009. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2009. DocRG2009-55

doi: 10.3205/09rg56, urn:nbn:de:0183-09rg566

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Published: June 29, 2009

© 2009 Horstmann et al.
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Although brachytherapy represents without doubt the gold standard for the therapy of small to medium size uveal melanoma, guidelines for the treatment of large and highly prominent tumours do not exist. Moreover Proton Therapy and Gamma Knife radiosurgery are quite upfront about treated cases and follow-up available. Recently there is a rising number of reports about treatment of large uveal melanoma with isocentric as well as non isocentric – robotized linear accelerators.Gathering information from more than 170 cases treated with Gamma Knife radiosurgery the problems of radiotherapy for the eye and ist clinical solutions should be presented. The demands for a highly refined instrument of radiation therapy for the eye is defined. Comparison between “single fraction” versus “fractionated radiotherapy” is presented.