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How is radiation therapy used to treat retinoblastoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Radiation therapy kills retinoblastoma cells and slows the tumor's growth. It comes in two forms: external and internal. External therapy shoots radiation at the tumor from an outside source and is used if the eye can be saved. Internal radiation therapy involves the placement of radioactive materials directly on the eye. It can only be used if tumors are small. Both procedures are relatively but not completely safe.

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