"PubMed comprises more than 32 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books."
For your convenience, the link shown below has specifically been created to find up-to-date online medical journal articles, books, and documents on PubMed that contain any of these key words (from broad to specific) for this eye cancer: "eye melanoma" OR "ocular melanoma" OR "intraocular melanoma" OR "uveal melanoma" OR "choroidal melanoma" OR "iris melanoma" OR "ciliary body melanoma" OR "conjunctival melanoma." The search bar will display the wording shown above and the results will be provided with the most recently added article in PubMed's database showing first.
After you click on the above link to view the results on PubMed, you can reduce those results by removing any of the above terms from the search bar that are not relevant to your interests.
Plus, you can also always start completely over by clearing out the search terms (click on the "x" at right corner of search box) and then typing in your own search term(s) instead.
For example, you may be interested in looking up journal articles using key words about a specific cancer medication or procedure you are exploring.
PERFORMING A NEW SEARCH
In the search bar at the top of the results page:
• Put a multiple-word term together within one set of quotes when instructing the search tool that an exact phrase is wanted in the results (for example — "proton therapy").
• Use the word "OR" to separate each term when instructing the search tool to retrieve results that contain any of the terms, thereby broadening your search results (for example — "proton therapy" and "proton beam therapy"). This can be especially important when the topic you are interested in can be referred to in different ways, no matter how slight.
• Use the word "AND" to separate each term when instructing the search tool to retrieve results that must contain all of the terms, thereby narrowing your search results (for example — "eye" AND "proton therapy"). This can be especially important for decreasing irrelevant articles. In this example, using "and" would eliminate articles that discuss use of this therapy only in other parts of the body and not in the eye.
• Be aware that pluralizing a term (for example, "eyes" instead of "eye") can end up decreasing or increasing the number of search results.
CHOOSING A SORTING METHOD FOR SEARCH RESULTS
You will most likely find it helpful to have the most recent PubMed entries listed first in the article results. This is already integrated into the link provided above ("&sort=date"). Other display options can be found near the top right of the results page for changing the sorting method — such as by best match or by first author's name.
FINDING FREE ARTICLES IN SEARCH RESULTS
Most medical journal articles require a fee or subscription to read them. For free access, you will need to specifically look for a "free PMC article" notation; when applicable, it is shown below the article's authors. Or you can select the "free full text" option under the "text availability" filter, in the left-hand column of the results page, to only have the free articles displayed. (Also consider contacting your local library to find out whether they may have free access to articles you are interested in that normally require a fee.)
FINDING ARTICLES IN ENGLISH AND/OR ANOTHER SPECIFIC LANGUAGE
Narrow down results by using the "language" filter under "additional filters" in the left-hand column of the results page to specify those languages you are able to read. For example, if you only want articles available in English, click only on the "English" checkbox.
EyeMelanoma.org provides a "Recent Journal Articles" webpage with quick-access links to several free medical journal articles that provide overviews on diagnosis and/or treatment of eye melanoma. The list of articles is periodically updated.
WHEN DOING JOURNAL SEARCHES, REMEMBER:
Eye Melanoma, Ocular Melanoma, and Intraocular Melanoma are used interchangeably by physicians for this type of eye cancer. (Ocular means "of the eye." Intraocular means "within the eye.") There are also more specific medical terms that are used based on the location of the tumor in the eye:
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