Retinoblastoma is eye cancer, which is found on the surface of the retina. New technological advances are being made every day in the treatment of Retinoblastoma, and one of the most common treatments used is cryotherapy, or the freezing of the cancerous tissue.
Children and adults, men and women are all equally susceptible to this type of eye cancer. Generally the two classifications are intraocular and extraocular retinoblastoma. These mean simply that the cancer is either localized to the retina, or it has spread throughout the body.
The classification of a specific case and how affected the patient’s vision, work to help the medical doctor’s determine a prognosis. The treatment plan will be developed around these and other factors including the health of the patient and the latest treatment advances.
In order to determine the presence of this cancer in other parts of the body, once retinoblastoma is diagnosed, a lumbar puncture may be performed. Also, a CT scan or MRI will provide information crucial to the patient’s treatment.