Chennai : Childhood eye cancer (Retinoblastoma) is curable when detected early, according to Sankara Nethralaya which called in a press meet to mark World Retinoblastoma Week to highlight this disease, its prevention, and cure and to spread awareness about this disease to the general public. Over 150 children with childhood eye cancers have been treated by Sankara Nethralaya – one of the highest in the world, the hospital said and added this institution is also one of the few eye care facilities in India to specialise in childhood eye cancer (Retinoblastoma).
Dr Charanya C, associate consultant, Viteoretinal services gave a short introduction, titled Retinoblastoma an eye opener, focusing on the fact that fighting Retinoblastoma in children is a team effort. She explained that familial or heredity contributed to several cases, in which instance, the disease can even be prevented in the womb.
The tertiary eye care facility called in a panel of doctors who are involved in treating children with childhood eye cancer, alongside Sankara Nethralaya’s retinoblastoma specialists.