Comprehensive, Expert Retinoblastoma Care in the Mountain West
Each year about 300 children in the United States are diagnosed with retinoblastoma, an eye cancer that makes up about 1% of childhood cancers. This cancer typically occurs in young children, often around age one to two.
A comprehensive care team, like the one based at the John A. Moran Eye Center, is essential to help children diagnosed with retinoblastoma achieve the best possible outcomes. With advanced treatments, most survive the cancer and go on to lead healthy lives with vision comparable to their peers.
Why Choose Us for Retinoblastoma Treatment
The Moran Eye Center, working in collaboration with Huntsman Cancer Institute and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, uses cutting edge diagnostics, treatments, and therapies to offer world-class, compassionate care for our retinoblastoma patients.
The University of Utah is one of only a few centers nationwide that offers a dedicated, comprehensive service for children affected by retinoblastoma. This service allows our patients in Utah and the surrounding region to receive advanced, coordinated care close to home.
Huntsman Cancer Institute is the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, with unique resources to support eye cancer care.
Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH) offers a personalized approach to your child’s care, including support to families and children throughout their treatment, with care coordinators, nurses, child life specialists, social workers, and psychology and nutrition services. PCH also has a highly skilled team of pediatric anesthesiologists to provide safe and personalized anesthesia care throughout your child's treatment.
Retinoblastoma treatment requires a care team with expertise in many specialties, which might include providers in medical oncology, interventional radiology, radiation oncology, genetic counseling, and clinical social work. Our teams of board-certified and fellowship-trained doctors meet and collaborate frequently to optimize a patient’s individual care.
We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatments:
Our team also is committed to advancing the care of retinoblastoma through innovative research and access to clinical trials to learn more about tumor biology and new treatments.
What is Retinoblastoma?
Retinoblastoma is often spotted by physicians or relatives who spot something unusual about the child's eyes, like a white spot on the pupil.
- Pupil looks cloudy or has an abnormal white reflection
- Eyes appear to point in different directions
- Pain or redness in the eye
- Eyeball looks larger than normal