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Retinoblastoma Treatment

Treatment Options for Retinoblastoma

A link to a list of current clinical trials is included for each treatment section. For some types or stages of cancer, there may not be any trials listed. Check with your doctor for clinical trials that are not listed here but may be right for you.

Intraocular Retinoblastoma

If the cancer is in one or both eyes and it is expected that vision can be saved, treatment may include one or more of the following:

For large tumors in one or both eyes, treatment may include the following:

Other treatments for cancer in both eyes include the following:

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with intraocular retinoblastoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Extraocular Retinoblastoma

There is no standard treatment for extraocular retinoblastoma. Treatment may include combinations of the following:

For retinoblastoma that has spread to the area around the eye, treatment may be the following:

For retinoblastoma that has spread to the brain, treatment may be the following:

For trilateral retinoblastoma, treatment may include the following:

For retinoblastoma that has spread to other parts of the body, treatment may be the following:

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with extraocular retinoblastoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Recurrent Retinoblastoma

If the cancer is small and in the eye only, treatment is usually local therapy, which may include the following:

If the cancer around the eye is large and the eye has been removed, treatment is usually the following:

If the cancer comes back outside of the eye, treatment will depend on many things and may be within a clinical trial, which may be the following:

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent retinoblastoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.