Ocular Oncology Clinic

The UCSF Ocular Oncology Clinic specializes in diagnosing and treating all types of eye tumors, from the most common to the rare and complex. Many of our patients have benign (noncancerous) ocular tumors, such as a cyst or mole. Others have malignant (cancerous) tumors, most commonly intraocular melanoma and retinoblastoma, or secondary ocular cancer, which is cancer that started elsewhere in the body and has spread to the eye. The tools and expertise required for diagnosing and treating benign and malignant eye tumors are often the same.

Our team includes ocular oncologists, general oncologists, ophthalmologists, radiologists, geneticists and other specialists.

We are one of the only centers on the West Coast offering proton beam radiotherapy, which is the gold standard treatment for intraocular melanomas. The UCSF Ocular Melanoma Proton Radiation Program is one of the longest-standing programs of its kind in the nation. Since 1978, we have treated more than 1,500 ocular melanoma patients with proton therapy. Our experts are also at the forefront of research on ocular melanoma and proton therapy.

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      Ranked No. 9 in the nation for ophthalmology

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      The UCSF Department of Ophthalmology and the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology are dedicated to uncovering the causes and mechanisms of eye diseases, with the goals of fighting vision loss and restoring sight.

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