What is Retinoblastoma?



Retinoblastoma is a rare type of cancer in the eye that typically develops in early childhood, typically before the age of 5. This type of cancer forms in the retina, which is the light sensitive tissue in the back of the eye that detects light and color.

In most children, the tumor affects only one eye. However, 1 out of 3 children with retinoblastoma develop cancer in both eyes. It develops rapidly, and can spread beyond the eye to other parts of the body. If not treated promptly, this advanced form can cause loss of vision, or even loss of life. Because of this rapid growth, if you suspect your child may have retinoblastoma, it is important to see a reputable doctor immediately.

Children do not die from primary tumors in the eye, but instead from cancer that has spread beyond the eye due to late diagnosis. Regular dependable eye exams and prompt inspection of any suspicions will ensure that RB doesn't remain undetected.

The good news is it's easy to detect. Easy as a click.

 

SYMPTOMS

 

*This could indicate an advanced stage of cancer, and medical attention should be sought immediately.

Retinoblastoma can be:

  • Unilateral - Tumor in one eye
  • Bilateral - Tumor in both eyes
  • Extraocular - Tumor spread outside the eye
  • Trilateral - Separate tumor in the brain
 
 
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