Retinoblastoma (Children with Eye Cancer)
Retinoblastoma is a life threatening eye cancer that affects children. India has the highest number of new cases in the World, owing to its large population. The treatment is both expensive and complicated. Our aim is to see that every child obtains the best available treatment and care. If appropriate treatment is provided in a timely manner, it will be possible to save the child’s life and have useful vision preserved. No child deserves to die blind for want of financial resources.
Narayana Nethralaya would like to see every child obtain the best treatment and ease the suffering caused to the child and family by this cancer. Our patients obtained co-ordinated care with the pediatric oncology team at Mazumdar – Shaw Cancer Center to provide chemotherapy, focal therapy trans pupillary thermotherapy, subtenons chemotherapy stereotactic radiation and RB1 gene mutation screening. Our team of oncologists, pediatric, retinal and oculoplasty specilists can ensure that every child gets a wide range treatment under one roof.
In collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada) Narayana Nethralaya is in the process of developing various strategies for the early detection of retinoblastoma. Current genetic screening technologies allow us to detect the risk for developing the tumour even before a child is born. Determined to provide every access to treatment and a change of being cured of this dreaded cancer, Narayana Nethralaya provides the best treatment to children of underprivilaged parents at no cost.
Does your child have a white pupil? This could be a sign of eye cancer
Retinoblastoma is an eye cancer that affects young children. It is the most common eye cancer in India, occurring in one in twenty thousand children. It is a very treatable cancer, with prompt treatment leading to the cure of more than ninety-five percent of affected children. With a lack of awareness and lack of access to proper treatment, the cancer is sometimes detected at a more advanced stage.
What are the signs of eye cancer in children?
In very early stages of the disease the eyes may look normal externally. Once the tumor grows, the child may have the most common signs of:
- White, pearl like reflection from within the eye
- Squinting of the eyes
Signs of advanced cancer:
Large sized eye ball
Red, swollen and painful eye
Can this eye cancer be treated?
If the tumor is treated promptly, there is more than a 95% chance of cure. Once the cancer spreads outside the eye the cancer becomes a threat to life, especially when it spreads to the brain and other parts of the body. Tumors that are not large or life threatening can be treated by chemotherapy, cryotherapy and focal laser therapy. Large tumors may require removal of the affected eye. If it is detected very late the child may require surgery followed by sessions of chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants and radiotherapy.
For further details contact us
Dr. Ashwin C Mallipatna
Sowmya Raghavan (Project Co-ordinator)