Our Approach To Retinoblastoma in Children

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What Sets Us Apart

At NYU Langone’s Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, our pediatric oncologists, ophthalmic oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, pediatric anesthesiologists, and nurses work together to provide your child with the best care for retinoblastoma. This rare cancer of the eye mainly affects children ages two and younger.

Our doctors also perform genetic testing to determine whether the cancer is inherited, a factor that can help them decide how to manage it. Our team of specialists provides medical and emotional support during diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Treatment at NYU Langone

At NYU Langone, our doctors always try to save vision and the eye in children who have retinoblastoma. If the tumor is small enough, sight- and eye-saving treatments typically include focal therapy, which uses heat or freezing to destroy cancer cells, chemotherapy, or radiation. Very large retinoblastomas or eyes that are blind and painful may require surgery to remove the affected eye.

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