July 11, World Population Day, focuses attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. Helen Dimaras Ph.D considers the effect of our expanding global population on the expected numbers of children who will develop eye cancer each year, and the provision of effective care to meet their needs.
Retinoblastoma survivor and WE C Hope co-founder / CEO, Abby White, considers the central importance of DNA and genetic knowledge in caring for the child and family. She introduces us to Alice, Jamie, Megan, Rachel, Peter and their families, to find out how genetic testing can influence treatment, screening and lifelong care.
When Sandra Staffieri left Australia in August 2012 for a conference in Italy and a tour of retinoblastoma centres in North America, she had no idea how radically the journey would change her life and care at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Yet as she departed, the key destination was not even on her itinerary…
Parents and survivors shared their thoughts on the “Through Our Eyes” wall at the One Rb World meeting in Washington D.C., 9-11 October 2017. These powerful insights were gathered anonymously via this website during September 2017, and highlight wide-ranging concerns.
Focused on best care for all, One Rb World 2017 included the first ever US national Family & Survivor Day. The collaborative program covered awareness, treatment, parent advocacy, life-long care, research, child life and the pathway to progress for our global community.
Children with retinoblastoma are much more than a medical specimen. To achieve complete cure, we must consider them as a whole person, not just an eye or a body to be treated. A single word can completely change our focus.
Childhood cancer is the leading disease killer of children in developed countries; second most common among children aged 1 to 15 in developing countries. With statistics and insights from parents and survivors, we explore the realities around the world.
Being the parent of a child with retinoblastoma, or living with the effects of this cancer, can be frustrating. We look at a few challenges and ways we can help the medical community advance care.
Retinoblastoma specialists agree that early diagnosis of eye cancer is a child’s best hope of survival, retaining some vision or their eye. Yet around the world, thousands of children die, and more than half of children who are cured lose at least one eye. We consider the potential and limitations of six solutions to improve early diagnosis.
We are looking forward to One Rb World and SIOP 2017 in Washington D.C. this October. Read about the 2016 One Rb World meeting and International Society of Paediatric Oncology World Congress in this blog mini series, originally shared later last year.