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Melanoma Strikes an Unusual Target- Dean McGee Strikes Back!
Ardmore man hopes radioactive seeds will save his eye and his life
Matthew Lollman
Patient, Ardmore
Dr. Brian Firestone
Surgeon, Dean McGee Eye Institute
Tania De La Fuente Herman, Ph.D.
Stephenson Cancer Center
1 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Dean McGee Eye Institute
5th Floor Gaylord Library



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.



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