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Invited Commentary
April 2018

Reappraising the Psychosocial Needs of Patients With Uveal Melanoma

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology and Ultrasonography Services, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018;136(4):363-364. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.6576

Thoughout medical school and internship, ophthalmologists are trained to recognize ocular abnormalities, disorders, and diseases and to manage those conditions using available medications and procedures. By and large, most ophthalmologists’ patients are systemically healthy and, despite experiencing potentially blinding conditions, do not typically present life-and-death situations. Some clinicians who have chosen ocular oncology as a subspecialty have to learn (sometimes the hard way) how to navigate the landscape of cancer care, which is highly complex and emotionally and psychologically charged.