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Radiotherapy for eye lymphomas

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This page tells you about radiotherapy for lymphoma of the eye.

What treatment includes

If you have lymphoma of the eye, your doctor may suggest radiotherapy as for non Hodgkin lymphoma. Radiotherayp to your eye and brain can clear the cancer in the eye and also helps to stop it coming back in the brain or spinal cord. Radiotherapy treatment for eye lymphoma usually includes both eyes being treated. This is because there is a high chance of the cancer being present in both eyes.

Your doctor discusses your treatment with you in detail before you start your radiotherapy. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to. Like most treatments, radiotherapy has side effects.

Side effects

Radiotherapy to the brain may cause problems with memory and thinking clearly. This only happens in a small number of adults. If you do develop these side effects, they can appear a few months or several years after you were first treated. Unfortunately, these late side effects are usually permanent. And occasionally they can become worse over a long period of time.

For more information

Find out about


Whole brain radiotherapy

Side effects for eye cancer radiotherapy

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Updated: 25 June 2015