Ocular oncology (eye tumours)

This service diagnoses and treats adult ocular tumours, most of which are benign.

This service diagnoses and treats adult ocular tumours, most of which are benign.

Appointment queries020 7521 4639

Moorfields Eye Hospital
City Road
London
EC1V 2PD

What this service does

Moorfields is one of only four centres in the UK to offer this highly specialist ocular oncology service, treating tumours of the eye. Many tumours, such as a cyst, haemorrhage or naevus (mole) are benign.

As well as benign vascular tumours, intraocular lymphoma and uveal tract metastases, we treat a rare type of eye cancer called uveal tract melanoma. This is a very rare cancer with approximately 600 new cases diagnosed each year in England. In addition, we treat patient with ocular surface tumours such as conjunctival lymphoma, conjunctival melanoma/primary acquired melanosis, squamous cell carcinoma and associated conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia.

We do not treat retinoblastoma (an eye cancer that affects children). This service is provided by Barts Health NHS Trust as part of their children’s department.

How do I make an appointment with this service?

You should see your GP or optician in the first instance.  If he or she decides that your eye condition needs to be investigated by more specialist staff, they will arrange for you to have an outpatient appointment with Moorfields or another eye-care provider.  If you choose to be treated at Moorfields, we will send you a letter confirming the date, time and location of your appointment with us.

Other useful contacts

For treatment for urgent, sight-threatening problems and for issues that cannot wait for a routine appointment with your GP, you can come directly to our dedicated A&E department which is based in Moorfields Eye Hospital in London’s City Road. A&E is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can also get information and advice on eye conditions and treatments from our telephone helpline, Moorfields Direct, on 020 7566 2345. Staffed by experienced ophthalmic-trained nurses, the helpline is usually open from 8.30am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 5pm on Saturdays. At busy times, we might not be able to answer your call straight away – please bear with us and call back a little later if this happens.

2018 national cancer patient experience survey results

The national patient cancer survey is an annual survey which monitors national progress on cancer care to drive local quality improvements, assist commissioners and providers of cancer care, and inform the work of the various charities and stakeholder groups supporting cancer patients.

The survey asked adult patients from the Moorfields oncology and adnexal oncology services a range of questions about their treatment pathway and the support they received. 40 questions were relevant to Moorfields and of these, 21 received a positive score of 80% or above, and 11 of the questions scored higher than the national average score.

Areas in which Moorfields performed well included:

  • Patients felt that they were definitely involved as much as they wanted to be in decisions about their care and treatment
  • Patients said that they were given the name of a Clinical Nurse Specialist who would support them through their treatment
  • Patients felt that it had been ‘quite easy’ or ‘very easy’ to contact their Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Patients felt that, overall, they were always treated with dignity and respect while they were in hospital
  • Patients said that hospital staff told them who to contact if they were worried about their condition or treatment after they left hospital

Overall, the patient’s average rating of care out of ten (very good) was 8.3.

The full results of the survey can be read in the report attached below. 

2018 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 

Reports for every relevant NHS Trust, and all CCGs, can be found at www.ncpes.co.uk along with the average national results.