Retinoblastoma is usually diagnosed without a biopsy (removal of cells or tissues so they can be viewed under a microscope to check for signs of cancer).
Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.
The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following:
The stage of the cancer.
The age of the patient.
How likely it is that vision can be saved in one or both eyes.
The size and number of tumors.
Whether the patient has glaucoma.
Whether trilateral retinoblastoma occurs.
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WebMD Public Information from the National Cancer Institute
September 04, 2014
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