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Dr. Steven Bowers
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Retinoblastoma (Overview)

Retinoblastoma are congenital malignant neoplasms that arise from the nuclear layers of the retina.


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What is retinoblastoma?

What is retinoblastoma?

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 more

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Dr. Steven Bowers
208 doctors shared insights

Retinoblastoma (Overview)

Retinoblastoma are congenital malignant neoplasms that arise from the nuclear layers of the retina.


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How does retinoblastoma affect a person's brain?

How does retinoblastoma affect a person's brain?

Serious: Retinoblastoma is a serious tumor that principally involves one or both eyes. It can also involve the brain. Retinoblastoma can be lethal. Please seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of retinoblastoma?

Retinoblastoma: Retinoblastoma is a disease of infancy. The child will not/cannot report symptoms. The parent and pediatrician will watch for white pupillary reflex, eye deviation, eye redness, and will be especially alert if the family in question has a history of this inherited tumor. ...Read more

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What the symptoms of signs of a retinoblastoma?

Leukocoria : Leukocoria - loss of the red eye reflex, and strabismus -deviation of the eye due to muscle weakness are the most common symptoms. Other symptoms can include: decreased vision, inflammation, hemorrhage into the eye, change in color of the iris, glaucoma, cellulitis, eye pain, fever. ...Read more

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What is retinoblastoma diagnosis?

Eye exam: It is diagnosed by an eye exam supported by imaging studies. No blood tests to diagnose it. Getting a good history, and physical exam are in order ...Read more

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What should I know about retinoblastoma?

Rare tumor: This rare eye cancer is sometimes caused by a genetically inherited abnormality. These cancers should be treated by centers of excellence that specialize in treating this rare cancer. Surgery or radiation therapy (proton beam or brachytherapy) are the most common treatment options. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/retinoblastoma. ...Read more

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What causes retinoblastoma?

Retinoblastoma: Some cases are inherited and some cases are the result of spontaneous mutations of the retinoblastoma gene. ...Read more

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What is retinoblastoma and how can it be treated?

Retinoblastoma: It is a rare malignancy of the eye called the retina, caused by a mutation in a gene controlling cell division, generally affects children under age 6, most 1 to 2 years of age. Treatment depends on the size and location. Treatment may involve surgery +/- radiation +/- chemotherapy. Best to visit a specialized pendiatric cancer center. Best wishes to you. ...Read more