97th DOG Annual Meeting 1999
THE EFFICACY OF RADIOTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF CHOROIDAL METASTASES
U. Weitgasser, B. Schatz, K. Müllner
Metastases in the choroid of the eye are frequent in patients with disseminated malignancy.
We studied five patients with tumors metastatic to the choroid, that were treated by radiation therapy.
Over about a year follow-up and evaluation showed that both, tumor response and visual acuity were significantly improved if doses higher than 35.5 Gy. Whenever possible, a lense sparing technique should be used.
Radiation therapy is an efficient and save palliative treatment for choroidal metastases and it helps the preservation of vision. Thus, there is a major impact on the quality of life in a group of patients with an almost informly fatal prognosis.
Department of Ophthalmology, Auenbruggerplatz 4, A-8036 Graz