What Are the Odds of Surviving Melanoma of the Eye?

What Are the Odds of Surviving Melanoma of the Eye?

The five-year relative survival rate for eye melanoma patients whose cancer hasn't metastasized is 80 percent compared to 15 percent for those whose cancer has spread to distant body parts. Overall, about three-quarters of people with eye melanoma survive for at least five years, notes the American Cancer Society.

The five-year relative survival rate compares the chances that a patient lives for at least five years with those of a person without the disease. Although factors such as the cancer's response to treatment and a patient's age and general health affect an individual's outlook, eye melanoma survival rates are generally better for earlier stage than for late-stage cancers, explains the American Cancer Society.