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Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Retinoblastoma Services

Retinoblastoma is a malignant tumor of the retina and usually presents in children under the age of two. It is an aggressive eye cancer which can result in the loss of vision, loss of eye and in extreme cases death of the child.

At Al Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, we examine 40-45 cases of retinoblastoma each year. Most of the referred cases are from northern areas, Kashmir, Swat and Afghanistan. All retinoblastoma patients are treated on emergency basis. Our team has vast experience in treating retinoblastoma. Our department has facilities to provide focal therapy with cryotherapy and/or photocoagulation with diode laser application. We monitor the disease with periodic eye examinations under anesthesia and Retcam pictures are taken during the exam to compare the status of disease. At Al Shifa Trust eye Hospital , we have highly experienced   team of pediatric anesthetists. Expert surgeons are available to perform removal of eye in advanced stages to save the spread of tumor and life of the child.The treatment is free for non-affording patients. The treatment of retinoblastoma requires the multidisciplinary approach for diagnosis, investigations, focal treatment, chemotherapy, surgical treatment  and radiation therapy in advanced cases. The department of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus works  in collaboration with pediatric oncologist, radiologist, histopathologist and nuclear medicine oncologist.

To provide multidisciplinary approach, our Retinoblastoma tumor board includes the specialists from the following departments
Department of Pediatric Oncology Pakistan institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS)
Department of Radiology Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS)
Department of Radiology Fauji Foundation Hospital Rawalpindi
Department of Histopathology Fauji Foundation Hospital Rawalpindi
Nuclear Medicine Oncology and Radiotherapy Institute (NORI), Islamabad

The members of retinoblastoma tumor board update the progress of patients on regular basis. The referral system for multidisciplinary approach is highly effective for smooth running of the system and to facilitate the transfer of patient from one department to the other for timely investigations and treatment.