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Eliza’s story, part two

Eliza’s story, part two

Do you remember little Eliza Thomas? She was the face of our #InTheDark Retinoblastoma Awareness Week campaign back in 2016. Eliza was three years old when she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma after a routine eye test and she had her left eye removed to save her...
Squint can be a symptom of eye cancer

Squint can be a symptom of eye cancer

Two out of three parents aren’t aware that a squint or lazy eye can be a symptom of an aggressive eye cancer in children, according to a new survey. In a poll of more than 1,000 parents, only 35 per cent identified a squint as one of the signs of retinoblastoma (Rb),...
A world of books

A world of books

By Lesley Geen, CHECT support worker  Some parents have told us their child is not always getting the same opportunities as their peers to access books in different formats; this can obviously have an impact on their desire to read from an early age. At CHECT we have...
Living with an artificial eye

Living with an artificial eye

By Dr Deanna Gibbs, Research Consultant for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals at Barts Health NHS Trust and Principle Investigator of the research project. From reports and feedback from parents, we recognised that there was a gap in the support and...
A common bond

A common bond

Friendships forged out of shared experiences, particularly those which involve hardship, are often the ones which endure the test of time. Retinoblastoma was the catalyst for one such alliance when, in 1977, three families found themselves brought together to undergo...
A step back in time

A step back in time

Recent investigations of hospital and other historical records by member Iain Riddell show how cases, treatment and discussion of retinoblastoma, then known as ‘glioma of the Retina’, can be traced back to Victorian times… “The earliest likely patient recorded as...