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World Retinoblastoma Awareness  Week observed at Sankara Nethralaya

World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week observed at Sankara Nethralaya

Childhood eye cancer (Retinoblastoma) has become common and Sankara Nethralaya has treated 150 children with childhood eye cancers which is one of the highest in world.

In a press meeting aimed at creating awareness and as part of observing the World Retinoblastoma Week, Dr Charanya C, Associate Consultant, Viteoretinal services explained that familial or heredity contributed to several cases, in which instance, the disease can even be prevented in the womb.

A panel of doctors involved in treating children with childhood eye cancer, alongside Sankara Nethralaya’s well-experienced retinoblastoma specialists to field the questions from the press. Patients and their guardians were also present to tell their stories and contribute towards raising awareness about the disease. 

Two of the patients had familial retinoblastoma, while the cause of the disease was unknown (sporadic) for one patient.

Present were Dr. Lingam Gopal, Distinguished Senior Consultant and Dr. G. Suganeswari, Senior Consultant, Department of Vitreo Retinal Services; Dr Veena Noronha, Senior Radiologist; V. R. R Scans; Dr. K. Satish Srinivas and Dr. Christopher John, Radiation Oncology, Ramachandra Medical Centre, Dr Pritam Chatterjee, and Dr. (Prof) S. Krishna Kumar, Chief Scientist, Laboratory Services - Histo Pathology Lab, among others.