We are grateful to Dr Kivelä for his interest in and response to
our article.1 We stated that in young patients
with uveal melanoma, the 5- and 15-year posttreatment survival estimates were
0.95 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.87-1.00) and 0.77 (95% CI, 0.52-1.00),
respectively. Based on the small number of select cases in our series, it
appears that young patients with uveal melanoma have a long-term survival
rate (15 years) similar to that in adults and a short-term survival rate (5
years) possibly better than adults.2 However,
survival rates in young patients with uveal melanoma cannot be directly compared
with survival data on adults with uveal melanoma because there are differences
in baseline tumor parameters between the 2 groups.
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