Ocular Melanoma Resources

The MRF's CURE OM initiative provides ocular melanoma patients with the most up-to-date resources available. Below are a list of resources specific to ocular melanoma. You might also like to view our CURE OM Brochure or past issues of Eye on OM, the CURE OM e-newsletter. Want to educate others on ocular melanoma? View the Ocular Melanoma Fact Sheet.

Educational Resources

In-Person Events & Recordings

Eyes on a Cure: Patient & Caregiver Symposium

The 2019 Eyes on a Cure: Patient & Caregiver Symposium was on April 5-7, 2019 in Raleigh, NC and the 2020 date and location will be announced in the near future! Join ocular melanoma patients, survivors and caregivers to learn the very latest news in OM research and treatment development from internationally renowned researchers, physicians and ocular melanoma experts. In addition to the scientific agenda, CURE OM will also offer a full schedule of wellness activities like family communication exercises, mindfulness workshops, caregiver support and more.

Past ocular melanoma educational events can be found below:

  • View recordings and slides from the 2018 Patient & Caregiver Symposium
  • View recordings and slides from the 2017 Patient & Caregiver Symposium
  • View recordings and slides from the 2016 Patient & Caregiver Symposium
  • View recordings from the 2015 Patient & Caregiver Symposium
  • View videos from the 2013 Eyes on a Cure Patient Symposium

Educational Webinars

The MRF offers webinars on a variety of topics. Have a topic you would like to recommend? Email cureom@melanoma.org

Find an OM Specialist

Use the Treatment Center Finder to explore ocular melanoma treatment centers. Please note, this is not a doctor recommendation list, simply a list of OM specialists to get you started. The Eye Cancer Network also provides a list of specialists in the US and more than 50 countries around the world. 

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Doctor's visits can be overwhelming. These questions can help guide your conversations with your doctor or your treatment team. 

Ask the MRF Nurse

Do you have a specific, more medically based question? If so, you can submit your question to the MRF nurse by emailing askanurse@melanoma.org. You can expect a personalized answer from our experienced nurse within 72 hours. Learn more about the MRF's nurse here

Clinical Trial Finder

The MRF’s Clinical Trial Finder will help you understand which emerging ocular melanoma treatments may be an option for you. Clinical trials offer OM patients the opportunity to receive care that may not yet be the standard. 

Financial Resources

Visit our Financial Resources page to learn about organizations that provide financial assistance to patients. 

Connect with Others

CURE OM Forum

The CURE OM Forum is an online bulletin board where ocular melanoma patients, caregivers and their loved ones can talk with other OM patients and caregivers from around the world. Visit the CURE OM Forum to read posts or sign up to create your own posts!

MRF Volunteer Buddy Program

The MRF Buddy Program program provides newly diagnosed ocular melanoma patients with non-professional, emotional support from someone who has "been there". To get involved as a patient, caregiver or volunteer, email cureom@melanoma.org.

CURE OM Support Groups

The CURE OM has partnered with Thomas Jefferson University to offer ocular melanoma support groups.

Social Media

Connect with the MRF and CURE OM on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube!

Ocular Melanoma Resources, Organizations & Blogs

It's easy to forget that you are not alone. Below are blogs that share supportive perspectives and insight.

  • EyeCare America - a program through the American Academy of Ophthalmology that offers free medical eye exams for those who qualify.
  • OcuMel UK - a registered England charity supporting those affected by ocular melanoma.
  • FightCancerWithMe - a blog by Tom Loverro, diagnosed with choroidal melanoma.
  • LostEye - written by Jay Adkisson, who lost his eye to choroidal melanoma in 2000. LostEye includes support and links to resources for people who have lost an eye to cancer or other injury.
  • The Eyes Have It - a blog by Dove Karn, diagnosed with ocular melanoma.
  • Read CURE OM director Sara Selig's blog post on StandUp2Cancer on love, life and caring for her husband Gregg, who lost his battle with ocular melanoma in January 2012.
  • EyeMelanoma.org - highlights educational and support resources available online for patients and their families.

Know of other blogs or resources you think others would find useful? Let us know - email us at cureom@melanoma.org.