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March 13, 2013

Researchers discover new type of retinoblastoma in babies

A team of Canadian and international researchers led by Dr. Brenda Gallie, Director of the Retinoblastoma Program in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has discovered a new type of retinoblastoma, a rapidly developing eye cancer, that affects very young babies. This discovery could immediately change clinical practice and optimize care for these children.

The finding, published in the March 13, 2013 online edition of Lancet Oncology, is a breakthrough in recognizing that a single cancer gene (an oncogene) drives an aggressive retinoblastoma that starts long before birth in families with no history of the disease, says Dr. Gallie, who is also a researcher at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network (UHN) and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.