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Is There A Cure For Retinoblastoma
No data yet...: Gleevec (imatinib) inhibits a number of tyrosine kinases in cells (c-kit, pdgfralpha, c-abl) . There is very recent data that Gleevec (imatinib) may have activity in retinoblastoma, but these experiments where done on isolated retinoblastoma cells grown in culture. There are no clinical trials showing that Gleevec (imatinib) can treat retinoblastoma. Future clinical trials may be planned to address this question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aggressive: Depends on size and location, small tumors are treated with laser surgery.Radiation for larger tumors. Chemotherapy if tumor has spread beyond the eye. The eye may need to be removed if the tumor does not respond to other treatments. If cancer has not spread beyond the eye, almost all patients can be cured. ...Read more
Could hereditary retinoblastoma survivors have more also wonder how is retinoblastoma actually cured?
Other Cancers, Yes: Children treated in U.S. & other developed countries who receive early detection have a 95% cure rate. Treatment consists of surgery, cryotherapy, chemotherapy; irradiation is avoided if possible. Survivors have a 21% probability at age 50 yrs of developing other cancers, usually Sarcomas & Melanomas; this increases to 38.2% if radiation received; this risk also increases with presence of Lipomas. ...Read more
What are the risks of operating the retinal detachment on a 2y.O. Who had a prior retinoblastoma, which is considered now cured?
Risks vs. rewards: The risks of surgery need to be weighed against the benefit of restoring or maintaining sight. If the chances of visual improvement are low, surgery may not be appropriate. If there is a chance of improvement in the long term, however, surgery would be appropriate. Please speak with your retinal surgeon and pediatric ophthalmologist; they should guide you in the right direction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Child eye cancer: Retinoblastoma is a malignant tumor of the retina which is seen in children. It currently has one of the highest cure rates of all childhood cancers 95-98%. It used to be treated by removal of the affected eye or radiation, but now more advanced eye sparing techniques are successful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tumor: Retinblastoma is an intraocular tumor that usually affects children from birth through the early teens. It is usually treated successfully, but often requires removal of the affected eye. Rarely it is bilateral. It is iften dianosed when the pupil changes from a dark to whitish color, or when the red reflex in flash pictures is missing in one eye. ...Read more
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