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 1326 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WB-MRI) as surveillance for subsequent malignancies in survivors of hereditary retinoblastoma: a pilot study.
 

Author(s): Danielle Novetsky Friedman, Eric Lis, Charles A Sklar, Kevin C Oeffinger, Marina Reppucci, Megan Harlan Fleischut, Jasmine H Francis, Brian Marr, David H Abramson, Ira J Dunkel

Journal: Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Aug;61(8):1440-4.

 

Individuals with hereditary retinoblastoma (RB) are at very high risk of developing subsequent malignant neoplasms (SMNs) of which osteosarcoma (OS) is one of the most common. We hypothesized that annual surveillance using whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WB-MRI) in asymptomatic ...

Last Updated: 11 Jun 2014

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Pancreatic cancer-associated retinoblastoma 1 dysfunction enables TGF-β to promote proliferation.
 

Author(s): A Jesse Gore, Samantha L Deitz, Lakshmi Reddy Palam, Kelly E Craven, Murray Korc

Journal: J. Clin. Invest.. 2014 Jan;124(1):338-52.

 

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is often associated with overexpression of TGF-β. Given its tumor suppressor functions, it is unclear whether TGF-β is a valid therapeutic target for PDAC. Here, we found that proliferating pancreatic cancer cells (PCCs) from human PDAC patients ...

Last Updated: 2 Jan 2014

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Colorimetric and longitudinal analysis of leukocoria in recreational photographs of children with retinoblastoma.
 

Author(s): Alireza Abdolvahabi, Brandon W Taylor, Rebecca L Holden, Elizabeth V Shaw, Alex Kentsis, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Shizuo Mukai, Bryan F Shaw

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Retinoblastoma is the most common primary intraocular tumor in children. The first sign that is often reported by parents is the appearance of recurrent leukocoria (i.e., "white eye") in recreational photographs. A quantitative definition or scale of leukocoria--as it appears during ...

Last Updated: 8 Nov 2013

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The terms "Retinoblastoma" returned 61 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The American Brachytherapy Society consensus guidelines for plaque brachytherapy of uveal melanoma and retinoblastoma.
 

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Journal: Brachytherapy. ;13(1):1-14.

 

To present the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) guidelines for plaque brachytherapy of choroidal melanoma and retinoblastoma.

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2014

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Conservative treatment modalities in retinoblastoma.
 

Author(s): Bhavna Chawla, Amit Jain, Rajvardhan Azad

Journal: Indian J Ophthalmol. 2013 Sep;61(9):479-85.

 

Retinoblastoma is the most common primary intraocular malignancy of childhood. A potentially curable cancer, its treatment has improved significantly over the last few decades. The purpose of this article is to review the literature on various conservative treatment modalities available ...

Last Updated: 9 Oct 2013

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Deciphering the retinoblastoma protein phosphorylation code.
 

Author(s): Seth M Rubin

Journal: Trends Biochem. Sci.. 2013 Jan;38(1):12-9.

 

Multisite phosphorylation modulates the function of regulatory proteins with complex signaling properties and outputs. The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (Rb) is inactivated by cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) phosphorylation in normal and cancer cell cycles, so understanding ...

Last Updated: 25 Dec 2012

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Alternating Systemic Chemotherapy and Intra-Arterial Melphalan Chemotherapy in Children With Intra-Ocular Retinoblastoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Advanced Intra-Ocular Retinoblastoma; Retinoblastoma

 

Last Updated: 24 Apr 2014

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Carboplatin Periocular Injection for Retinoblastoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Retinoblastoma

 

Last Updated: 13 May 2014

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Feasibility of Generating Pluripotent Stem Cells From Patients With Familial Retinoblastoma
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Retinoblastoma

 

Last Updated: 16 Jul 2014

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