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Patient perceptions and experiences of stereotactic radiotherapy for wet age-related macular degeneration.

Senra, Hugo and Joseph, Sobha and Balaskas, Konstantinos and Horani, Mania and Aslam, Tariq (2016) Patient perceptions and experiences of stereotactic radiotherapy for wet age-related macular degeneration. European journal of ophthalmology, 26 (4). e80-2. ISSN 1724-6016. This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK HEFT Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c using their HEFT Athens Login.

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Official URL: http://www.eur-j-ophthalmol.com/article/b6775045-3...

Abstract

PURPOSE

Wet age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a leading cause of visual impairment. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injections are the mainstay of treatment but require monthly injections and frequent hospital visits. A novel approach to treatment with the use of stereotactic radiotherapy (Oraya IRay) as an adjunct to ranibizumab injections has shown promising results. We explored patients' experiences of receiving Oraya therapy for wet ARMD.

METHODS

We present a consecutive case series with objective and detailed reporting of the personal experiences of 5 patients with active wet ARMD treated with Oraya radiotherapy in our unit. We provided all patients who had received one Oraya treatment with a standardized survey composed of 10 questions addressing the experience of receiving this treatment.

RESULTS

Generally, patients reported positive experiences of receiving Oraya treatment and perceived this treatment as a better option in comparison with anti-VEGF injections. However, the patients' perceptions of Oraya treatment varied according to patients' previous experiences of anti-VEGF injections and expectations of treatment.

CONCLUSIONS

Patients mainly justified their decision to receive Oraya treatment by expecting fewer intravitreal injections, but more research on this topic is needed to suggest new evidence-based treatment protocols for patients with wet ARMD.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK HEFT Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c using their HEFT Athens Login.
Subjects: WW Eyes. Ophthalmology
Divisions: Ambulatory Care > Ophthalmology
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Depositing User: Miss Adele Creak
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 13:12
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 13:12
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1258

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