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What is the purpose of checkups in children after treatment for retinoblastoma?

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Children treated for retinoblastoma need very close follow-up care. Your child will have frequent checkups to watch for signs that the cancer has come back.

Frequent checkups are important for other reasons, too: Children who have a damaged gene in every cell can get other types of cancer later in life because the gene doesn’t help stop the cancers the way a healthy gene would -- and children who have radiation or chemotherapy treatment are also more likely to get cancer again.

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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