In a group of 15 women with conjunctival malignant melanoma six cases (40%) were shown to have oestrogen receptor positivity using a monoclonal antibody to oestrogen receptor related antigen (ER-D5, Amersham RPN.710) on formalin fixed, paraffin wax sections. Receptors were also present in the epithelium of these six cases but not in controls and cases without ER-D5 positivity in their tumours. A subset of these aggressive, intractable unilateral tumours may therefore be amenable to hormone treatment.
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