CareTalk: Blog for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Get insights and inspiration from Nemours’ experts in Hematology/Oncology.
At Nemours, we know that the discovery of a cancer, like retinoblastoma (a tumor that grows in the retina), in children is overwhelming. We promise to give you and your child the resources you need to make informed decisions, to answer all your questions, and to help you cope every step of the way. Thankfully, the majority of children treated for retinoblastoma go on to lead normal lives.
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If tests reveal that a retinoblastoma might be present in your child, our pediatric ophthalmologists will work together with Nemours oncologists (cancer doctors) to look for any other signs of the cancer in the body, and determine the disease stage and best course of treatment.
You should also know that majority of children treated for retinoblastoma go on to lead normal lives ― and more than 80% of them will retain 20/20 vision.
Some eye disorders, like retinoblastoma in children, can be diagnosed before birth and our doctors are pioneers in diagnosing ophthalmic disorders in utero. Knowing what to expect helps ease your concerns and allows time to plan for your child’s care. Our ophthalmologists will explain the condition, discuss current methods of treatment, answer all your questions, and share literature and informative websites with you.
Learn more about Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management, which works with expectant parents facing a possible congenital (present at birth) condition.