Management of Orbital Metastases
The treatment of metastatic tumors of the orbit is usually palliative, consisting of local radiation therapy. Some metastatic tumors, such as carcinoids and renal cell carcinomas, may be candidates for wide excision of the orbital lesion because patients may survive for many years following resection of isolated metastases. Consultation with the patient’s oncologist is important for identifying candidates who might benefit from wide excision.
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