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Ocular Oncology

The Ocular Oncology Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital cares for patients with benign and malignant tumors of the eye, the eyelids, and the orbit. It is one of only a few centers in the nation dedicated full-time to ocular oncology within a cancer hospital. As most cancers of the eye and orbit are rare, treatment at a center with extensive expertise and experience is important. Our ocular oncology team is dedicated to individualized and integrated care for each patient.

The Ocular Oncology Program at Smilow collaborates with caregivers in other specialties including melanoma, breast cancer, neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, and lung cancer. 

Our Services

We treat the following conditions:

  • Tumors and cancers of the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, lacrimal gland, and orbit
  • Intraocular tumors of the iris, ciliary body, choroid, retina and optic disc
  • Ocular melanoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Ocular metastases
  • Lymphoma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Hemangioma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Nevus
  • von Hippel-Lindau
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Gliomas

Our Approach

The Yale Onco-Dermatology Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital serves the dermatologic needs of cancer patients in Connecticut and beyond. We treat concerns including very dry skin, itching, and skin changes that arise as side effects from chemotherapy. We also treat rashes, nail and hair changes, skin infections, cancer involvement of the skin, radiation dermatitis, and other changes due to radiation. We also provide dedicated care for patients with skin cancer, including melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, ranging from rigorous skin screening examinations to optimized prevention and therapy.