The Ocular Oncology Service in the Department of Ophthalmology is the only one of its kind in Israel. It was established and is headed by Prof. Jacob Pe'er. The majority of patients with intraocular tumors and related diseases in Israel are referred to this clinic for examination and treatment.
About 50 new uveal melanoma patients are treated each year, mainly by Ru-106 brachytherapy, some by enucleation and a few by local tumor resection. Several hundred cases of uveal melanoma are followed up routinely twice yearly. The systemic follow-up of many of these patients is done in the Oncology Department, and in recent years partial hepatectomy for liver metastases has been done in the Surgery Department, while chemotherapy and immunotherapy are given in the Oncology Department.
Annually, the clinic sees about 24 new cases of retinoblastoma among children. Systemic evaluation, as well as chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment is performed in collaboration with the Pediatric Oncology Clinic. Many of the children need local adjuvant treatment by cryotherapy, brachytherapy or laser photocoagulation. The number of eyes enucleated due to retinoblastoma has decreased dramatically in recent years. Annually, the clinic follows up with over 260 patients who have suffered from retinoblastoma.