Diagnostic Tests

From American Society of Clinical Oncology

Do you know the differences between types of imaging testsX-ray, MRI, Ultrasound, Bone scan, PET scan, and CT (also known as CAT) scan? Do you know the different methods used in biopsies? Visit www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/diagnosing-cancer/tests-and-procedures  for an explanation of these tests.

Above information is also available in Spanish.


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Definitions For Cancer-Related Terms

From American Society of Clinical Oncology

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


Above information is also available in Spanish.

From National Cancer Institute

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


Above information is also available in Spanish.

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


​​​​​​​​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."


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

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


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

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

Above information is also available in Spanish.


Other Resources:

​​​>>  American Society of Clinical Oncology's Scientific News for Patients

"Scientific news for patients, and their family and friends, about the cancer care and treatment advances announced during the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Annual Meeting each year." Latest annual meeting: June 3–7, 2016.


​>>  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."

​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 out 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.

>> "The Biology of Uveal Melanoma" 
Authors: Amaro, Gangemi, Piaggio, Angelini, Barsione, Ferrini, and Pfeffer. In Cancer Metastasis Reviews, February 2017.

>> "Uveal Melanoma: Epidemiology, Etiology, and Treatment of Primary Disease"
Authors: Krantz, Dave, Komatsubara, Marr, and Carvajal. In Clinical Ophthalmology, January 2017.

>> The Genetics of Uveal Melanoma: Current Insights

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


>> "Nanomedicine in the Application of Uveal Melanoma" 
Authors: You, Luo, Grossniklaus, Gou, Meng, and Zhang. In International Journal of Ophthalmology, September 2016.

>> "Metastatic Disease from Uveal Melanoma: Treatment Options and Future Prospects"
Authors: Carvajal, Schwartz, Tezel, Marr, Francis, and Nathan. In British Journal of Ophthalmology, August 2016.

>> "Uveal Melanoma as a Target for Immune-Therapy"
Authors: Oliva, Rullan, and Piulats. In Annals of Translational Medicine, May 2016.

>>  "Clinical Management of Uveal and Conjunctival Melanoma"

Authors: Blum, Yang, Komatsubara, and Carvajal. In Oncology, January 2016.


>>  "Uveal and Conjunctival Melanoma: Close Together But Only Distantly Related"

Author: Harbour. In Oncology, January 2016.