Australian Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of ocular and periocular Melanoma: An evidence-based literature analysis

Simon E. Skalicky, Phoebe E. Holt, Michael Giblin, Simon Taylor, R. Max Conway*

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    Abstract

    Background: With recent advances in the diagnosis and management of ocular and periocular melanoma, many of which are based on results from randomized control trials, there is an increasing need for an evidence-based review of the literature for the Australasian population. The Australian Cancer Network has recently redeveloped the evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Melanoma, including a chapter on ocular melanoma. These are the first evidence-based guidelines on ocular melanoma to be created by the Australian Cancer Network. Methods: The primary research questions were formed and a detailed literature search was undertaken. Each relevant article was assessed and graded I-IV according to the level of evidence. Articles were grouped into bodies of evidence which were then assessed. Results: A total of 107 relevant articles were identified and grouped into 12 bodies of evidence. Guidelines based on this analysis were formulated and graded. These are presented below. Conclusions: The management of ocular melanoma has benefited from recent advances in imaging, molecular biology and cytogenetics, and tumours today are detected earlier and with greater accuracy than 25 years ago. With improved treatment ocular and periocular melanomas can be controlled locally, with good preservation of vision in many patients. However, there remains no cure for metastatic disease.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)646-658
    Number of pages13
    JournalClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
    Volume36
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Conjunctival
    • Melanoma
    • Metastasis
    • Radiotherapy
    • Resection
    • Uveal

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