What We Treat

What is retioblastoma?

Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer that occurs in the retina of the eye. Approximately 300 children are diagnosed with retinoblastoma each year.

Services We Offer

A full range of treatment options

We offer a full range of treatment options for children with retinoblastoma. We will create a treatment plan just for your child, as treatment approaches can vary. Our team works closely with each family to determine the best course of action. Treatment options include:

  • Enucleation: Surgical removal of the eye or eyes involved with the tumor (when the eye cannot be saved)
  • Conservative ocular salvage approaches: Methods that allow the eye and vision to be saved if possible
  • Laser therapy or photocoagulation
  • Thermal therapy
  • Cryotherapy: A freezing process to destroy the tumor
  • Surgery: To remove all or part of the tumor
  • Radiation therapy: High-energy rays which are used to kill or damage cancer cells
  • Chemotherapy: The use of certain medicines to treat cancer
  • Prosthesis: Fitting of an eye prosthesis and training
  • Adaptation training: For blind or decreased vision
  • Supportive care: For the side effects of treatment
  • Antibiotics: To prevent or treat infection

A child with retinoblastoma may undergo any one of these treatments or a combination of them.

Innovative research

Our team is committed to advancing research and medicine by developing new techniques, treatment and cures for children and young adults with cancer. We are home to one of the largest clinical trial programs in the country—offering our patients access to some of the most novel treatment options in the country.

Learn more about our research efforts 

Our Unique Approach

    We are home to one of the leading childhood cancer programs in the country. Combining the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, makes the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center a top choice for the treatment of retinoblastoma.

    Our highlights

    • U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top 10 pediatric cancer programs in the country.
    • Our team includes nationally recognized experts in pediatric oncology and ophthalmology.
    • We offer some of the most promising new cancer treatments for children who have relapsed or have difficult to treat cancers through our developmental therapeutics program.

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    Second opinions and international services

    We understand you want to be certain your child is receiving the best possible treatment available anywhere in the world. Second opinions can help provide the information you need to make an informed decision about the treatment for your child. For families traveling outside the U.S., we are here to help meet your unique needs and challenges.

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