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What is the prognosis ~
Fortunately, most children with retinoblastoma survive and lead good long and productive lives. In the United States, nearly 98% of children survive, but not so in less advanced countries where about 50% of children die from tumor spread. Long term ocular and pediatric examinations are advised for the child.

Who is at risk for spread and death ~
The prognosis of a child with retinoblastoma depends on several factors, most importantly the results of pathology. Children with retinoblastoma that has invaded into the optic nerve, choroid, sclera, orbit or anterior chamber require chemotherapy as they are at greatest risk for metastasis (spread) and death. Those without invasion do not require chemotherapy.

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