Diagnostic Tests and Procedures


From American Society of Clinical Oncology

"The most common diagnostic tests and procedures — such as MRIs, Ultrasounds, Bone scans, PET scans, CT scans, and biopsies — are described" along with "questions to consider asking your doctor" about each one.

www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/diagnosing-cancer/tests-and-procedures

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Definitions For Cancer-Related Terms


From American Society of Clinical Oncology

"Defines basic oncology terms, terms you may hear your doctor use when you are being treated or once you have finished treatment, and statistics terms used in cancer research."

www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/cancer-basics/cancer-terms

Above information is also available in Spanish. 
www.cancer.net/es/desplazarse-por-atenci%C3%B3n-del-c%C3%A1ncer/recursos-de-diccionarios-m%C3%A9dicos



From National Cancer Institute


--Dictionary of Cancer Terms "is a resource with [more than 8,000] terms related to cancer and medicine."

www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms

Above information is also available in Spanish.


--Drug Dictionary "contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer."

www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-drug

​​​​​​​​​​testing, diagnosis, and treatment info


Resources are listed in alphabetical or date order. Resource descriptions in quotes are taken directly from each website.


Eye Melanoma Guides:


​​>>  American Cancer Society's Eye Cancer Guide

Topics include "Causes, Risk Factors, & Prevention," "Early Detection, Diagnosis, & Staging," "Treating Eye Cancer," and "After Treatment."

www.cancer.org/cancer/eye-cancer.html


​>>  American Society of Clinical Oncology's Eye Cancer Guide

Topics include "Diagnosis," "Stages & Grades," "Treatment Options," "Latest Research," and "Questions to Ask the Doctors."

www.cancer.net/cancer-types/eye-cancer


​​>>  National Cancer Institute's Intraocular (Uveal) Melanoma Treatment Guide

Topics include "General Information," "Stages," and "Treatment Options."

www.cancer.gov/types/eye/patient/intraocular-melanoma-treatment-pdq#section/all
Above information is also available in Spanish.

www.cancer.gov/espanol/tipos/ojo/paciente/tratamiento-melanoma-ocular-pdq#section/all


Other Resources:


​>>  Castle Biosciences' DecisionDx-UM Gene Expression Profile (GEP) Test

"By identifying the molecular signature of an individual’s eye tumor, DecisionDx-UM accurately predicts which patients with uveal melanoma are at low and high risk of metastasis within five years, the period for which scientific data has been collected. [...]

To know tumor type and risk, a biopsy must be taken BEFORE radiation treatment."
www.myuvealmelanoma.com


>>  OM Patient Registry — Currently Under Development

​​"A patient registry is a collection of information about a group of patients who share a condition or experience. The CURE OM initiative is in the process of launching a national registry. It will capture comprehensive information on genetics, disease characteristics, environment, types of treatments, physical outcomes, and quality of life."
www.melanoma.org/research-center/cure-ocular-melanoma/cure-om-patient-registry


​Recent "No-Cost" Medical Journal Articles Providing an Overview on Testing, Diagnosis, and/or Treatment:


Note: The full version of the articles listed here can be read and/or printed at no charge using the links shown below, whereas most medical journal articles require a fee or subscription to read them. See EyeMelanoma.org/Journal-Articles for information on how to access all medical journal articles.


​​​​>> "Treatment of Uveal Melanoma: Where Are We Now?"
Authors: Yang, Manson, Marr, and Carvajal. In Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology, January 2018.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5824910/pdf/10.1177_1758834018757175.pdf


>> "The Biology of Uveal Melanoma" 
Authors: Amaro, Gangemi, Piaggio, Angelini, Barsione, Ferrini, and Pfeffer. In Cancer Metastasis Reviews, February 2017.
https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs10555-017-9663-3.pdf


>> "Uveal Melanoma: Epidemiology, Etiology, and Treatment of Primary Disease"
Authors: Krantz, Dave, Komatsubara, Marr, and Carvajal. In Clinical Ophthalmology, January 2017.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5298817/pdf/opth-11-279.pdf


>> "The Genetics of Uveal Melanoma: Current Insights"

Authors: Helgadottir and Höiom. In Journal of the Application of Clinical Genetics, September 2016.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5019476/pdf/tacg-9-147.pdf


>> "Nanomedicine in the Application of Uveal Melanoma" 
Authors: You, Luo, Grossniklaus, Gou, Meng, and Zhang. In International Journal of Ophthalmology, September 2016.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4990589/pdf/ijo-09-08-1215.pdf


>> "Uveal Melanoma as a Target for Immune-Therapy"
Authors: Oliva, Rullan, and Piulats. In Annals of Translational Medicine, May 2016.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4876283/pdf/atm-04-09-172.pdf