for Medical Professionals
is a rare fast-growing cancer that only occurs in newborns, infants
and children under 5 years of age. Arising from immature retinal
cells in one or both eyes, these tumors begin as tiny elevations
in the retina and eventually fill the eye over time. This cancer
is curable if caught early enough.
With early diagnosis,
the disease is treatable and, in most cases, the eyesight can be saved
in addition to the life of the child. By dilating the pupils of an
infant, most cases of this disease, as well as the pathology of many
other ocular diseases can be detected.
of retinoblastoma include:
- A white "glow"
or "glint" in the pupil of one or both eyes in dim lighting
- White pupil
in a color photo
- Crossed or
To learn more,
Retinoblastoma International has created a brochure: Brochure
Promoting Early Detection (click to view).
vary according to the severity of the retinoblastoma. An estimated
8,000 cases occur annually worldwide. Early detection and treatment
is critical to a successful outcome. Retinoblastoma is universally
fatal if not treated in a timely manner by a pediatric ophthalmologist
in collaboration with a pediatric oncologist who specializes in
this disease. Retinoblastoma centers exist in many parts of the
United States as well as around the world.
For more detailed
information please refer to www.retinoblastoma.net.