Proton Therapy
for Ocular Melanoma

Schedule a call with a patient care coordinator

Thank you for your interest in proton therapy. Please take a moment to fill out the form to have a patient care coordinator call you.

Once the form is completed, you will receive a confirmation email. Our team generally returns calls within 48 hours Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. If you would like to speak with a patient care coordinator more quickly, please call us at 1-855-528-7248.

Here is a checklist of items you will need for your initial call with us:
You provide:
  • Demographic information (legal name, etc.)
  • Insurance information
  • Related doctor and facility information
    • Name of ophthalmologist
Ask your specialist(s) to provide:
  • Clinical notes
  • Funduscopic imaging
  • Records regarding significant past medical history or surgeries

Treat the tumor. Spare the eye.

Proton therapy is an advanced treatment option that precisely delivers radiation to the exact specifications of your ocular tumor. This allows your doctor to address the tumor without the drastic measure of removing the eye, and with less damage to the cornea, lens, retina, fovea and optic nerve than other treatment options.

The power of precision.

Proton therapy is widely regarded as the standard of care for ocular melanomas—studies show that patients treated with protons have long-term survival rates equal to that of patients who have had the eye removed or have had brachytherapy. Proton therapy works by delivering proton radiation precisely to the tumor, with none of the exit dosage characteristic of traditional X-ray radiation.

Proton therapy takes advantage of a unique characteristic of protons—they deliver their maximum dose of radiation, known as the Bragg Peak, right before they come to a stop. That’s how the damage is concentrated on the cancer, protecting healthy tissue.

Depending on the details of your tumor, the precision of proton therapy could help preserve your eye, cornea, lens, retina, fovea and optic nerve, potentially offering a faster recovery, and fewer short- and long-term side effects.

If you’ve been diagnosed with ocular melanoma, the radiation oncology specialists at SCCA Proton Therapy Center Will partner with your eye specialist to develop a personalized treatment plan.


Ocular melanomas are the most common type of eye tumors, historically treated by removing the eye.

Proton therapy is the gold standard for ocular melanoma treatment, offering comparable long-term survival rates to eye removal and brachytherapy, with less impact on the eye.

Pencil-beam scanning allows treatment to conform the dimensions of your specific tumor, accurate within millimeters.

Appointments typically take between 15-60 minutes, meaning no overnight stays and minimal interruption of your routine.

As of 2017, more than 130,000 people worldwide have received proton therapy at centers in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Proton therapy is often the only radiation treatment available if you’ve already received radiation for a previous cancer occurrence.

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We’re the only provider of proton therapy in our region, and we take that responsibility seriously.

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy Center care team is committed to continually improving and raising the standard of care at the Center to provide the best possible treatment with the best possible outcomes.

We’re dedicated to you while you’re here and after you leave. And we’re part of a bigger system including Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and University of Washington Medicine, so there’s a whole team on your side.