Retinoblastoma

Common Name(s)

Retinoblastoma

Retinoblastoma (RB) is a rare type of eye cancer in the retina that typically develops before the age of 5. It usually affects only one eye, but 1/3 of children with RB develop cancer in both eyes. The first sign is typically a visible whiteness in the pupil called "cat's eye reflex" or leukocoria, which is particularly noticeable in photographs taken with a flash. Other signs and symptoms include strabismus; persistent eye pain, redness or irritation; and blindness or poor vision in the affected eye(s). Retinoblastoma is caused by mutations in the RB1 gene. In about 60% of people with retinoblastoma, mutations are not inherited and occur only in retinal cells. In the other 40% of individuals, mutations are inherited from a parent in an autosomal dominant pattern and can be found in all body cells. Retinoblastoma that is caused by an inherited mutation is called hereditary retinoblastoma. Hereditary retinoblastoma usually occurs at a younger age than retinoblastoma that is not inherited (15 months vs. 24 months). Retinoblastoma that occurs in only one eye is usually not inherited. Retinoblastoma that occurs in both eyes is thought to be inherited.
 

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Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is dedicated to providing support to families affected by Retinoblastoma (Rb), funding research and raising awareness.

Last Updated: 1 Oct 2013

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Retinoblastoma" for support, advocacy or research.

Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is dedicated to providing support to families affected by Retinoblastoma (Rb), funding research and raising awareness.

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Last Updated: 1 Oct 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Retinoblastoma" returned 1489 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Intra-arterial chemotherapy for retinoblastoma: Two-year results from tertiary eye-care center in India.
 

Author(s): Pukhraj Rishi, Tarun Sharma, Minal Sharma, Aditya Maitray, Abhinav Dhami, Vishvesh Aggarwal, Saravanan Munusamy, R Ravikumar, Satheesh Ramamurthy

Journal: Indian J Ophthalmol. 2017 Apr;65(4):311-315.

 

The aim of this study is to describe treatment outcomes and complications of selective intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC) for intraocular retinoblastoma (RB).

Last Updated: 17 May 2017

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Overexpression of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 1 in retinoblastoma: A potential therapeutic opportunity for targeting vitreous seeds and hypoxic regions.
 

Author(s): Swatishree Sradhanjali, Devjyoti Tripathy, Suryasnata Rath, Ruchi Mittal, Mamatha M Reddy

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Pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 1 (PDK1), a key enzyme implicated in metabolic reprogramming of tumors, is induced in several tumors including glioblastoma, breast cancer and melanoma. However, the role played by PDK1 is not studied in retinoblastoma (RB). In this study, we have evaluated ...

Last Updated: 15 May 2017

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Extra-ocular retinoblastoma: about 12 cases followed at the Mohamed VI university hospital of Marrakech.
 

Author(s): Soltani Leila, Hajji Ibtissam, Essafi Hafsa, Moutaouakil Abdeljalil

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Retinoblastoma is the most frequent childhood intraocular tumor. The aim of our study is to evaluate the clinical features and management of extra-ocular retinoblastoma in the Mohamed VI university hospital of Marrakech. Retrospective case series, the patient's records were reviewed ...

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2017

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The terms "Retinoblastoma" returned 80 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Retinoblastoma: Update on Current Management.
 

Author(s): Nathalie Cassoux, Livia Lumbroso, Christine Levy-Gabriel, Isabelle Aerts, Fran├žois Doz, Laurence Desjardins

Journal: Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila). ;6(3):290-295.

 

Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer in children, where in less than a century of dire mortality there has been a cure in industrialized countries. Unfortunately, mortality remains high in emerging countries. The evolution of treatment makes it possible to go further by preserving the ...

Last Updated: 30 May 2017

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Genetics and Molecular Diagnostics in Retinoblastoma--An Update.
 

Author(s): Sameh E Soliman, Hilary Racher, Chengyue Zhang, Heather MacDonald, Brenda L Gallie

Journal: Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila). ;6(2):197-207.

 

Retinoblastoma is the prototype genetic cancer: in one or both eyes of young children, most retinoblastomas are initiated by biallelic mutation of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor gene, RB1, in a developing retinal cell. All those with bilateral retinoblastoma have heritable cancer, ...

Last Updated: 11 Apr 2017

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Recent advances and challenges in the management of retinoblastoma.
 

Author(s): Bhavna Chawla, Rashmi Singh

Journal: Indian J Ophthalmol. 2017 Feb;65(2):133-139.

 

The treatment of retinoblastoma (Rb) has improved significantly in recent times. Worldwide, there is an increasing trend to use conservative treatment modalities that aim to preserve the globe as well as vision with minimum morbidity. Recently, the use of targeted delivery of chemotherapy ...

Last Updated: 27 Mar 2017

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Intra-arterial Chemotherapy for Children With Retinoblastoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Retinoblastoma

 

Last Updated: 1 Oct 2016

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Protocol for the Study and Treatment of Participants With Intraocular Retinoblastoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Retinoblastoma

 

Last Updated: 30 Mar 2017

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Quality of Life in Children Cured of Retinoblastoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Retinoblastoma

 

Last Updated: 1 Oct 2016

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