In this video Dr. Jesse Berry explains how and why to perform a biopsy in a patient with uveal melanoma.

Biopsies in Uveal Melanoma

During a biopsy, a doctor removes a small amount of tissue to examine under a microscope. Unlike the majority of cancers, in uveal melanoma (UM), biopsies are not done for diagnosis confirmation.

The genetic features of UM cancer cells (the information they contain in their DNA) allows doctors to understand if the patient has an agressive cancer with high metastatic rate. On the other hand, a less agressive type of cancer may be the case, with a different genetic signature.

More than adjusting a patient’s surveillance scheme, a biopsy may also be usefull for tailloring treatment.

Watch the video below to know more about biopsies in UM.