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What are the treatments for retinoblastoma?

What are the treatments for retinoblastoma?

Several: This is a complex disease that has many different treatment options, all based on stage and symptoms and age of the patient. Removal of the eye (enucleation), radiation, chemotherapy, cryotherapy and thermotherapy are all considerations. These remedies have many modes of administration -- so 400 characters is not enough to go into all of the nuances of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Bowers
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Retinoblastoma (Definition)

Congenital malignant neoplasms that arise from the nuclear ...Read more


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What are the possible side effects of treatments for retinoblastoma?

What are the possible side effects of treatments for retinoblastoma?

Retinoblastoma: There are many treatment options for retinoblastoma. The treatment depends on the nature of the tumor and whether or not it has spread beyond the eye. For a good overview of treatment options and side effects, follow this link to the national eye institute: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/retinoblastoma/patient/page5. ...Read more

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My 14 month son finished his cancer treatments for retinoblastoma in july. I know delays are normal but how far until it's not normal?

My 14 month son finished his cancer treatments for retinoblastoma in july. I know delays are normal but how far until it's not normal?

Don't wait!: Yes, it's not unusual to have delays after such serious treatment, but i wouldn't wait around getting evaluation and treatment started asap.Infant and toddler brains are very flexible, dependent upon the right therapy and treatment getting started sooner rather than later.So get in touch with your local birth to 3 program for a free developmental assessment, and then start therapy as indicated now. ...Read more

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My grandson is 9.he may have coats disease or retinoblastoma, Is there any treatment for this condition?

My grandson is 9.he may have coats disease or retinoblastoma, Is there any treatment for this condition?

Eye disease: Treatment options vary depending on the extent of the lesions, age of the patient, and whether both eyes are involved. Treatment may involve any or a combination of the following: Cryotherapy, laser, chemotherapy and/or surgery (enucleation). ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my grandson is 9.he may have coats disease or retinoblastoma,is there any treatment for coat's?

Limited treatments: Coat's is an extremely rare condition. There are are limited treatments ( laser & cryotherapy) as far as I am aware off ( but I am a pediatrician, not a pediatric ophthalmologist so I am not up to date on the latest therapy). If it is Coat's, I'd recommend you see a pediatric ophthalmologist that is an expert on this disease ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my grandson is 9.He may have coats disease or retinoblastoma, is there any treatment for coat's?

Be concerned: Both diseases can affect your grandson's vision, and both can cause blindness. Coats disease has many treatments, but the effectiveness varies. Retinoblastoma is a serious cancer, and requires chemotherapy and radiation treatment and sometimes surgery, including removing the eye. I am referring your question to an ophthalmologist for more info. ...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 are the symptoms of retinoblastoma?

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 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

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Is retinoblastoma fatal?

Is retinoblastoma fatal?

Treatable: Retinoblastoma is one of the most treatable malignancies of childhood. The cure rate is 95 to 98% with currently available treatment. ...Read more

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Is retinoblastoma genetic?

Is retinoblastoma genetic?

YES: There is a specific mutation that causes retinoblastomas in families (along with kidney cancer) called the von hippellindau's gene mutation. ...Read more

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What can someone with retinoblastoma expect with regards to their lifestyle, limits, and lifespan?

More info needed: Hello! how large is the disease? How was it treated? This would help figure out how the patient will do long term. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is retinoblastoma of the eye?

What is retinoblastoma of the eye?

Inherited tumor: This is a tumor of the photoreceptive cells present at birth or soon afterwards. It is malignant, serious and needs immediate attention. While many are in families, some can be a new mutation or a non-in herited, non-germ line mutation. All need serious treatment along with genetic counseling. ...Read more

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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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What is retinoblastoma?

What is retinoblastoma?

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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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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How is retinoblastoma cured?

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