Common Laser Surgery Used In Uncommon Cancer

The Ohio State University Medical Center

COLUMBUS, Ohio During a routine eye exam earlier this year, Mike Samogala learned he had a rare form of cancer known as melanoma of the eye. Because the cancer was so advanced, surgeons had to remove his eye to save his life.

“I was aware that there was melanoma, but I never thought of it being in the eye,” says Samogala of Delaware, Ohio. “This was something no one could see coming, literally.”

Although rare, it is the most common type of cancer that develops within the eyeball in adults, says Dr. Thomas Olencki, a medical oncologist at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute who specializes in treating eye melanoma.

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