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Castle Biosciences Posts Results of Collaborative Ocular Oncology Group Survey on the Management of Ocular Oncology Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Castle Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSTL), a skin and eye cancer diagnostics company providing personalized genomic information to improve cancer treatment decisions, today posted to its website results from a survey performed by the Collaborative Ocular Oncology Group (COOG) for the purpose of providing a current practices survey for clinicians regarding management of patients diagnosed with uveal melanoma and other ocular tumors during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Collaborative Ocular Oncology Group (COOG) represents most major ocular oncology centers in North America who manage patients with uveal melanoma and other ocular tumors. Twenty-three of twenty-five COOG members were able to complete the survey.


The COOG conducted an on-line survey study between March 25-26, 2020, in order to survey current management practices for patients with a range of eye tumors, including uveal melanoma, high risk choroidal nevus, retinoblastoma, intraocular metastasis, vitreoretinal lymphoma, benign intraocular tumors, conjunctival melanoma, conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma/ocular surface squamous neoplasia (OSSN), and conjunctival lymphoma.


"Telemedicine is of limited value in patients with active intraocular cancers, due to the need for specialized ophthalmic imaging, whereas it may be of more benefit in patients with treated inactive tumors, and those with ocular surface conjunctival tumors, in which the patient can take photos of the eye with their smartphone,a?? said J. William Harbour, M.D., the Mark J. Daily Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology, Vice Chairman for Translational Research, and Director of Ocular Oncology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Associate Director for Basic Research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and chair of the COOG. "Given these challenges, we conducted a survey of COOG investigators across North America to obtain a snapshot of current practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, most ocular oncology experts continue to promptly see new patients with eye cancers, such as uveal melanoma, retinoblastoma, intraocular metastasis and vitreoretinal lymphoma. In contrast, many experts would delay by at least a few weeks the return of established eye cancer patients who have been treated and are stable, and those with benign or low-grade tumors.a??


Summary results are attached, and detailed results are available on the Castle Biosciences DecisionDx-UM page: https://castlebiosciences.com/products/decisiondx-um/. The attached results were prepared by the COOG, and Castle Biosciences makes no representation or warranty as to their accuracy or completeness.
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