Doctors perform new operation for eye cancer on three patients for the first time in Ireland.
Doctors at St Luke's Hospital in Dublin performed one of the first treatments of its kind in Ireland for eye cancer in 2010.They inserted a radioactive implant into patient Tony McDonnell's eye, to deliver targeted radiation to the tumour inside. Until several months previously, patients had to go to Britain for the treatment. An investment of €400,000 from the HSE and the National Cancer Control Programme meant the surgery could now be performed at St Luke's Hospital in Rathgar in Dublin.
Noel Horgan, consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin, explains the procedure to Fergal Bowers in this report. As for Tony McDonnell himself:
I consider myself very lucky. Maybe if it was not detected for six months or so, I might lose the eye. And then if anything happened to the other eye, you're blind for the rest of your life.
An RTÉ News report from 5 November 2010.