Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment

by Childhood Eye Cancer Trust
Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment
Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment
Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment
Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment
Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment
Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment
Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment
Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment
Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment
Help 60 UK children reach eye cancer treatment
Feb 18, 2016

The difference you have helped make

Thank you!
Thank you!

It is the time of year when we look back at what has happened the previous year.  The information we collect is through gently asking parents of recently diagnosed children how their child came to be diagnosed with Retinoblastoma and the route the parent has taken to this diagnosis. We do this is because a quick referral to one of the two UK centres of Rb excellence could mean the difference between saving a child’s eye and sight  or having to remove the eye to save their life

I'm sure you can appreciate that retrieving  this information from parents has to be done delicately and empathetically, sometimes there is never a right time for our  support workers to ask a parent this, sometimes it is a too traumatic period in the parents lives to go over it again. 

Because Retinoblastoma is such a rare disease often family doctor's do not recognise the symptoms and dismiss the parents concerns.  Often parents have thought they have seen something odd but dismissed it as a trick of the light, not to see it again for several months.  Can you imagine the feelings of guilt  a parent who hadn't acted sooner or hadn't asked for a second opinion experiences?  No amount of reasurrance will alleviate that pain.

However from the information we collect from parents we know that the awareness raising of the signs and symptoms of this disease (and no one else in the UK is doing this) is slowly making a difference. 

CHECT’s awareness raising  has reduced the referral  time from 9 weeks in 2012 to 6 weeks last year. But there is still more to do to reduce this further - we are aiming for 2 weeks.  Your support is helping us shorten this time and helping to save a child's sight, eyes or in extreme cases, life.  Thank you.  

 

   

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Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @CHECTUK
Project Leader:
Fiona Heath
London, United Kingdom

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