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Orbital Tumors

The orbit is the part of the face that houses the eye. Ocular tumors are different from orbital tumors (though they can all be grouped into ophthalmic tumors).

  • Ocular tumors are tumors of the eye. This includes retinoblastoma, carcinoma of the conjunctiva and melanoma of the conjunctiva or uvea, to name a few. These are extremely rare tumors and are usually diagnosed by an ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon.
  • Orbital tumors, the topic of this section, are those that involve the eye socket (everything inside the eye socket except the eyeball itself). While most cancers involving the orbit are actually extensions from sinonasal cancers, it is possible to get a tumor of the orbit itself. This includes sarcomas, lacrimal gland cancers, lymphomas and cancers of the eyelid (which are grouped into this).

Orbital cancers are actually quite rare.

It is wonderful to speak to other cancer patients. But speaking to someone who has a cancer similar to yours is a huge help, especially because this type of cancer isn't easy to hide.Heather P. (orbital tumor survivor)
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