Retinoblastoma is a type of eye cancer that begins in the retina. Retina is the sensitive lining at the back of the eye. Retinoblastoma commonly affects young children, but it rarely occurs in adults. Retinoblastoma may occur in one or both eyes. Symptoms of Retinoblastoma are:
• Appearance of white color in the center of the eye when light is shone
• Eyes that appear to be looking in different directions
• Eye redness
• Swelling of the eye
HOW IS RETINOBLASTOMA DIAGNOSED?
An eye examination might be carried out with the use of anaesthetic depending on the age of the patient. Imaging test such as CT scans, MRI scans and ultrasounds might be used to diagnose this disorder.
HOW IS RETINOBLASTOMA TREATED?
There are many forms of treatment for retinoblastoma ― all targeted at killing cancer cells. The following treatments, or a combination of treatments, may be recommended:
• Intra-arterial chemotherapy
• External beam radiation
• Radioactive plaques
• Transpupillary thermotherapy
DID YOU KNOW?
Children treated for retinoblastoma are under the risk of the cancer reappearing.