29.12.2008

Youngster "to undergo laser eye treatment"

Youngster "to undergo laser eye treatment"

A two-year-old in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia is set to undergo laser eye therapy as part of her treatment for an eye tumour.

The Amhurst Daily reported that doctors initially said Clare Boudreau, who was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in the autumn, may need to have her eye removed.

However, an opthamologist told the family on December 23rd that there is very little tumour left in the tot"s eye and that the two pin points that remain will be treated with a combination of chemotherapy and laser therapy.

Eyecancer.com reports that around 300 children in the United States are diagnosed with retinoblastoma each year and that 90 per cent of cases are curable with early detection and treatment.

Kaye Garwood told the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust that her son Greg, now in his 20s, has made a full recovery from retinoblastoma and should be able to obtain his full driving licence - provided he wears his contact lenses.

by Martin Burns


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