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Cancer

19 July 2010

Silicon Oil May Protect Vision From Radiation for Eye Cancer

It absorbed nearly 50% of potentially damaging rays, but more study is needed, researchers say

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"Vision loss is a devastating yet common side effect of radiation therapy," vitreoretinal surgeon Dr. Tara McCannel, an assistant professor of ophthalmology and director of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Ophthalmic Oncology Center at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, said in a UCLA news release. "Until recently, physicians focused on killing the tumor and considered vision loss secondary. Our results suggest that silicon oil offers a safe tool for protecting the patient's vision during radiation," she added.

 

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