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Treatments for Retinoblastoma

Sheba Medical Center offers advanced, cutting-edge treatment for children with retinoblastoma. Our experienced, highly qualified oncologists and ophthalmologists will custom-tailor your child’s cancer therapies for optimal results. The goals of retinoblastoma treatment are to eradicate cancer and save the child’s life, save the eye if possible, preserve as much vision as possible, and limit any long-term effects that can be caused by cancer therapies.

Treatment options include:

Surgery (Enucleation):

Surgery is generally not needed for small retinoblastomas, but if the tumor has grown large before it is detected or after other treatments fail, there may already be irreversible vision damage. In this case, we may perform enucleation – surgery to remove the entire eye.

Laser therapy:

Different types of laser therapy may be used to treat small retinoblastoma tumors.


A laser beam is aimed through the pupil and focused on the blood vessels that nourish the tumor. The heat of the laser destroys these blood vessels.

Transpupillary thermal therapy (TTT):

Thermotherapy uses a different type of laser than photocoagulation to apply infrared light directly to the tumor. This laser heats and kills the tumor cells directly. TTT may be used alone for small tumors or along with chemotherapy or radiation to treat larger tumors.

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