Removing the Central Line
When a child received eye salvage treatment, most doctors wait for several clear EUAs before considering line removal. Some don’t remove the line until the child has had no cancer activity for at least a year. Most doctors also leave the line in place for at least a year after treatment for trilateral or extraocular retinoblastoma.
Discuss the plan with your child’s oncologist. If either you or your child have very strong opinions on whether the line should be removed or stay in place, discuss them fully with the oncologist. Doctors are usually understanding, and there is often room for negotiation.