Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Retinoblastoma Treatment

Treatment for retinoblastoma usually includes some combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery.

Treatment options for retinoblastoma include:

Surgical treatment for retinoblastoma may include:
  • Laser therapy for retinoblastoma:
  • Cryotherapy for retinoblastoma:
  • Enucleation for retinoblastoma:
    • Removal of the eye to prevent spread of the cancer cells

Retinoblastoma Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of retinoblastoma.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Will I need surgery?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Retinoblastoma Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat retinoblastoma:

Continue to Retinoblastoma Warning Signs

Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Retinoblastoma References
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