Retinoblastoma - Childhood: Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 03/2017

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Doctors are working to learn more about retinoblastoma, ways to prevent it, how to best treat it, and how to provide the best care to children diagnosed with this disease. The Children’s Oncology Group has begun clinical trials to research the treatment options listed below, and these clinical trials may be open for some children with retinoblastoma. Always talk with your child’s doctor about the best diagnostic and treatment options for your child.

  • More intensive treatment with chemotherapy and radiation treatment to preserve vision for children with advanced disease in both eyes

  • Improved ways to deliver chemotherapy directly to the eye so that children can be spared the side effects of receiving chemotherapy to the entire body

  • Less intensive treatment with chemotherapy for small tumors

  • Better ways of determining which children who have had enucleation need chemotherapy, and whether chemotherapy can prevent the spread of a tumor

  • Aggressive treatment to cure children who have had a recurrence of retinoblastoma or when cancer has spread outside the eye

  • Better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current retinoblastoma treatments in order to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life

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