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How is laser therapy used to treat retinoblastoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Laser therapy, also called photocoagulation, is used to directly burn cancer cells in the eye. Because this technique is focused and powerful, it can be useful for treating small retinoblastomas. It is particularly in situations where radiation therapy would risk damaging the optic nerve. The procedure can still cause harm to the retina.

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