Doctors for Retinoblastoma in Bammapur oni, Hubli-Dharwad
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Retinoblastoma is a rare type of eye cancer that usually develops in early childhood, typically before the age of 5. This form of cancer develops in the retina, which is the specialized light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that detects light and color. In most children with retinoblastoma, the disease affects only one eye. However, one out of three children with retinoblastoma develops cancer in both eyes. The most common first sign of retinoblastoma is a visible whiteness in the pupil called ""cat's eye reflex"" or leukocoria. This unusual whiteness is particularly noticeable in photographs taken with a flash. Other signs and symptoms of retinoblastoma include crossed eyes or eyes that do not point in the same direction (strabismus), persistent eye pain, redness, or irritation, and blindness or poor vision in the affected eye(s).
HOW IS RETINOBLASTOMA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis would be done by an ophthalmologist who would check for the red reflex along with doing an eye examination and a test called corneal light reflex / Hirschberg test.
HOW IS RETINOBLASTOMA TREATED?
Treatment for Retinoblastoma is done through Enucleation of the eye and External beam radiotherapy (EBR). There are also various kinds of laser therapies available which are then followed with regular chemotherapy to ensure that the cancer doesn't return.
DID YOU KNOW?
Recurrent retinoblastoma is cancer that has returned or continues to grow after treatment. It may occur in the eye, tissues around the eye, or elsewhere in the body. Kids with hereditary cases of retinoblastoma are more likely to develop new tumors years after treatment.