Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of topical interferon alfa-2b in the management of ocular surface squamous neoplasia (OSSN).
Methods: Clinically visible OSSN in 20 patients (23 tumors) was managed with topical interferon alfa-2b, 1 million IU/mL, 4 times daily. Tumor control and complications were evaluated according to American Joint Committee on Cancer classification.
Results: Complete tumor resolution was achieved in 19 tumors (83%) following topical interferon alfa-2b treatment for a median period of 6 months (mean, 7 months; range, 1-12 months) and maintained for up to 24 months of follow-up. Of the 4 tumors with partial resolution (17%), tumor surface area was reduced 44% (median) during 4 months (median) without further response and alternative therapy was used. Based on American Joint Committee on Cancer classification, complete control was achieved in 2 of 3 Tis (67%), 17 of 20 T3 (85%), 19 of 23 N0 (83%), and 19 of 23 M0 (83%) category tumors. Tumors involving the cornea responded earlier compared with those without corneal involvement (P = .01). Initial tumor size did not correlate with time to response (P = .27). Recurrence was noted in 1 case (Tis, 4%) at 3 months. Adverse effects included conjunctival hyperemia (2 [10%]), follicular hypertrophy (2 [10%]), giant papillary conjunctivitis (1 [5%]), irritation (1 [5%]), corneal epithelial defect (1 [5%]), and flulike symptoms (1 [5%]); all resolved within 1 month of medication discontinuation.
Conclusion: According to American Joint Committee on Cancer classification, complete control with topical interferon alfa-2b can be achieved in 67% of Tis, 85% of T3, and 83% of all OSSN.