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Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Dec;67(12):1997-2004. doi: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_634_19.

Outcomes of neonatal retinoblastoma in pre-chemotherapy and chemotherapy eras.

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Ocular Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Ocular Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.



To quantify outcomes for neonatal retinoblastoma patients treated during the pre-chemotherapy (1980-1994) and chemotherapy (1995-2018) eras.


Retrospective review of retinoblastoma patients diagnosed within the first 28 days of life between 1/1/1980 and 11/30/2018. Student's t-test, Chi-square, and Fisher's exact test were performed to compare treatments and outcomes by era.


There were 68 patients with neonatal retinoblastoma (12% unilateral and 88% bilateral). According to era (pre-chemotherapy vs. chemotherapy), the number of treated patients was 26 (38%) vs. 42 (62%). Primary treatment was external beam radiotherapy (50% vs. 1%,P < 0.001), plaque radiotherapy (17% vs. 0%,P < 0.001), focal treatment (transpupillary thermotherapy or cryotherapy) only (21% vs. 14%,P= 0.33), intravenous chemotherapy (0% vs. 81%,P < 0.001), enucleation (10% vs. 4%,P= 0.26), or exenteration (2% vs. 0%,P= 0.37). Outcomes included tumor control (79% vs. 94%,P= 0.02), globe salvage (75% vs. 91%,P= 0.02), final gross visual acuity for salvaged eyes 20/200 or better (66% vs. 89%,P < 0.01), and death (19% vs. 0%,P < 0.01).


Chemotherapy advancements for neonatal retinoblastoma have improved tumor control, globe salvage, visual acuity, and patient survival.


Cancer; chemotherapy; eye; intra-arterial; intravenous; intravitreal; neonatal; retinoblastoma

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