At Nemours, we know that the discovery of a childhood cancer like retinoblastoma (a tumor that grows in the retina) is overwhelming. We promise to give your family everything you need to make informed decisions, to answer all your questions and to to be there for you every step of the way. Thankfully, the majority of children treated for retinoblastoma go on to lead normal lives and retain their vision.
Retinoblastoma, which occurs most commonly in children under the age of five, is a cancerous tumor that grows in the retina, the light-sensing part of the eye that sends the images we see to the brain. In children, retinoblastoma can be present in one or both eyes.
To diagnose retinoblastoma in children, our pediatric ophthalmologists will examine the retina by dilating the eye, and will also order tests such as:
- ultrasound of the eye
- computerized tomography (CT) scan
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- blood tests
Nemours’ World-Class Care for Children of All Ages — Even Those Still in the Womb
While most children are born with retinoblastoma, the majority are not diagnosed until they are 12–18 months old. Pediatric ophthalmologists across the Nemours system are pioneers in detecting ophthalmologic disorders, like retinoblastoma, in utero (while babies are still in the womb). What’s more, our oncologists (cancer doctors) are recognized as some of the very best pediatric specialists and researchers in the country and across the globe. We work together to bring the most advanced retinoblastoma diagnosis and treatment to children of all ages.