Eye cancer awareness event held at city hosp

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

To increase awareness about retinoblastoma, a meet and greet event was organised by the HV Desai Eye Hospital recently for patients treated for retinoblastoma and their parents.

Pune: To increase awareness about retinoblastoma, a meet and greet event was organised by the HV Desai Eye Hospital recently for patients treated for retinoblastoma and their parents. World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week for this year was observed between May 12 and May 18 to raise awareness regarding this common and curable eye cancer occurring in the paediatric age group.

Retinoblastoma is a rare form of cancer that rapidly develops from the immature cells of a retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye. 

This event was attended by Nitin Desai, Chairman, Poona Blind Men’s Association (PBMA), Meena Desai, Rajnikant Jetha, Members of the Managing Committee, Rajesh Shah, President, PBMA, Col Dr Madan Deshpande, Chief Medical Director, HV Desai Eye Hospital and Parvez Bilimoria, President, HV Desai Eye Hospital.

Dr Sonal Chaugule, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery and Ocular Oncology, spoke about the need for awareness regarding retinoblastoma with an emphasis on early detection and protocol-based management.

She encouraged the parents to talk about their journey from diagnosis to the end of treatment and how content they are after knowing that their child is tumour-free.

Dr Tushar Patil, Medical Oncologist, Sahyadri Hospital, elaborated on the role of systemic chemotherapy and the importance of a multidisciplinary management approach of a child diagnosed with retinoblastoma.

Deputy Director Dr Sucheta Kulkarni presented a brief presentation on the importance of early intervention for visual rehabilitation of children suffering a visual loss due to retinoblastoma. 

Dr Col Madan Deshpande spoke about the advantages of vigilance by parents and encouraged that they seek early medical attention. Parents of the children under treatment expressed their gratitude and shed light on their experience.

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