What is Retinoblastoma? (ret-noh-bla-stoh-muh)

Retinoblastoma is the medical term for the most common form of childhood cancer in the eye.

How Common is Retinoblastoma?
Retinoblastoma occurs in 1 in every 20,000 children born in the United States. It is the tenth most common pediatric cancer.

What Causes Retinoblastoma?
Retinoblastoma can either be inherited or occur sporadically. Anyone with a family history of retinoblastoma should be assessed by an eye doctor.

When does Retinoblastoma Occur?
Retinoblastoma occurs in infancy.

How is Retinoblastoma Diagnosed?
Diagnosing retinoblastoma begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Shanks Family Eye Care. Once diagnosed, an eye doctor will refer a child to a pediatric specialist for treatment.

How is Retinoblastoma Treated?

Surgery to remove the retinoblastoma