Intravitreal Chemotherapy Injection

Intravitreal chemotherapy injections are delivered directly into the gel-like fluid inside the eye. They are used to treat retinoblastoma (eye cancer in young children) that has not improved with other treatments, has come back or has spread.

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To schedule an appointment, please call the UC  Eye Cancer team at 513-585-UCCC.

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Answers to Your Intravitreal Chemotherapy Injection Questions

An intravitreal chemotherapy injection is a quick outpatient procedure that only takes about five minutes. Patients are given anesthetic drops to numb the eye, and while they may feel some pressure during the procedure, most patients do not report feeling any pain. 

Following the injection, patients can resume normal activities.

This procedure immediately reduces or eliminates symptoms, is very quick and painless, and helps reduce the need for radiation or surgical treatments. 

In addition, this procedure has close to a 100% success rate but some patients might experience a recurrence.

Patients with metastatic melanoma in the eye, vitreal retinal lymphoma and retinoblastoma are good candidates for this procedure. It can also be used to help treat ocular symptoms associated with central nervous system lymphoma such as floaters and/or blurred vision.

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Diagnosis and Evaluation

We perform a comprehensive ophthalmic examination on each of our patients that includes mapping of identified eye abnormalities and diagnostic testing. General anesthesia may be used for infants and young children during this evaluation.

Patient Counseling

Following the diagnostic evaluation, our ocular oncologists evaluate our patients about the eye tumor, what is likely to happen without treatment, and potential benefits, risks and limitations of treatments.

Management Planning

After counseling, our team will create a management plan that monitors the tumor type, size and location, potential impacts of the tumor on survival and vision and potential impacts of available management options on survival and vision.

Post-Management Follow-Up

Following the initial evaluation, our team will recommend an appropriate follow-up schedule to watch for the progression of untreated tumors, shrinkage or disappearance of treated tumors, or persistence or recurrence of tumors following treatment.

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