Melanoma Strikes an Unusual Target

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 1pm

At first it was hardly noticeable, then a nuisance and then something much more for Matthew Lollman of Ardmore.  Lollman, 44, has melanoma. It’s not on his skin, though, as one might suspect. It’s in his eye and that means just as potentially deadly, perhaps even more so.

Melanoma of the eye is fairly rare. It makes up only 3 percent of all cases of melanoma and occurs in just 6 out of a million people each year.  Lollman is one of those six. He knew his diagnosis meant he might have to lose his eye to save his life. But Dr. Brian Firestone of the Dean McGee Eye Institute offered him another solution – one that would require a team of specialists and a handful of radioactive seeds surgically placed inside his eye right on the tumor to deliver a carefully  calculated dose of radiation in hopes of killing the cancer.

Lollman, Dr. Firestone and a radiology specialist with Stephenson Cancer Center will meet with reporters to share the story of the fight to save his eye and his life TOMORROW (Tuesday, May 23rd) at 1 p.m. at the Dean McGee Eye Institute. Support footage of Lollman, as well as footage of the surgical procedure will be provided.



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