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How is radiation used to treat retinoblastoma?

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There are two kinds of radiation therapy. For small tumors, a surgeon can sew a disc that has radioactive material inside it onto the eyeball near the tumor. Your child stays in the hospital a few days while it works, and then the disc is removed. Older technology uses a machine to focus beams of radiation on the tumor. Doctors will use this only if other strategies don’t work.

From: What Is Retinoblastoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Retinoblastoma Treatment -- Patient Version."

American Cancer Society: "Retinoblastoma," "Signs and symptoms of retinoblastoma."

NCBI Bookshelf: "Retinoblastoma."

National Institutes of Health, "Retinoblastoma."

Mayo Clinic: "CT scan," "MRI," "Ultrasound."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on May 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Retinoblastoma Treatment -- Patient Version."

American Cancer Society: "Retinoblastoma," "Signs and symptoms of retinoblastoma."

NCBI Bookshelf: "Retinoblastoma."

National Institutes of Health, "Retinoblastoma."

Mayo Clinic: "CT scan," "MRI," "Ultrasound."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on May 11, 2018

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