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Side Effect Management in retinoblastoma

There may be many or one of the side effects outlined below that you may have to deal with when your child undergoes treatment for retinoblastoma and importantly no matter what you may face do follow the advice of the doctors, don't react or panic no matter what situation you are faced with, it may be tough seeing your child in agony but you will have to be calm and respond to the situation at hand rather than emotionally react to a situation.

For most of side effects of chemotherapy there are drugs available to deal with symptomatic health issues and immunity boosters to prop up the low immunity of your child. Monitor every vital sign and small issues that you may face with your child and these can be dealt with minimal impact to the health of the child. In case of radiation therapy side effects do follow the advice of your doctors regarding various diagnostic tests that need to to be conducted to nullify the presence of other secondary tumors.

Summary of Side Effects

         Chemotherapy                                                           Radiation                                                         Lazertherapy


  • Loss of hair
  • Nausea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Tired, achy muscles
  • Mouth Sores
  • Weakened Immune System 
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Bladder irritation
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin issues like dryness, itchiness, and rashes 


  • Chances of Secondary cancers due to radiation
  • Possibility of development of cataract
  • Dry eyes 
  • Face may change as radiation causes the bones to grow slower


Possibility of slight scaring of the retina

Images showing loss of hair a common side effect during chemotherapy