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Researcher Finds Revolutionary Way To Treat Eye Cancer

Times of India
31 August 2010
By Mumbai Mirror Bureau

Ascientist has discoverd a method to prevent damage caused while treating a rare but devastating, eye cancer whose treatment often requires radiation that leaves half of all patients partially blind. The technique developed by Scott Oliver of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, may change all that.

Oliver has discovered that silicone oil applied inside the eye can block up to 55 per cent of harmful radiation, enough to prevent blindness in most.

His findings, published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, may revolutionise the way eye cancer is treated.

Oliver focused on choroidal melanoma of the eye, the most common and dangerous form of a disease that strikes over 2,000 people each year. It can spread quickly to the liver and lungs which is often fatal. The cancer can occur in people of any age. It is often treat it with a gold cap containing radioactive seeds to the white part of the eye. For one week the radiation slowly incinerates the tumour but it also causes long–term damage. In his quest to save their eyesight, Oliver discovered that silicone oil could screen out a majority of harmful radiation.

Oliver experimented on cadaver eyes and tested the oil on animals in the lab and found no harmful side–effects.

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