Pune: Retinoblastoma is the most common and life-threatening eye cancer in children (newborn infants to 3 years of age). Each year, more than 5,000 new cases of retinoblastoma are diagnosed all around the world, of which over 1,500 are diagnosed in India. If detected and treated appropriately; retinoblastoma can be cured with life as well as possible eye and vision salvage.
World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week is being celebrated from May 13 to May 19 to highlight efforts for generating awareness in public about retinoblastoma.
Dr Sonal S Chaugule, an ocular oncologist working at PBMA’s HV Desai Eye Hospital, Pune, said that more awareness is needed to ensure better detection and elimination of this cancer.
“Retinoblastoma treatment includes chemotherapy, laser, surgery and radiotherapy focusing on saving child’s life and protecting the eye and vision. Studies have shown that the treatment ensures 95 per cent of the children are saved from death, over 90 per cent have their eye intact and over 85 per cent have their vision protected,” said Chaugule.
She added that to save the child’s life and prevent the spread of cancer to other parts, the eye has to be removed in advanced cases.