A support worker is sat with a dad and child at a CHECT retinoblastoma (eye cancer) family support event

Information about retinoblastoma

In this section you’ll find links to information, downloadable leaflets and posters about retinoblastoma – from signs and symptoms, to teenage years, to adulthood – as well as useful links to articles and other organisations. If you’d like us to send you any of our leaflets or posters, or you want to raise awareness of retinoblastoma by helping us to distribute them, please call us on 020 7377 5578 or email info@chect.org.uk.

You can also find more information in our guide to retinoblastoma and keep up to date with latest news, events and research, plus read stories about others affected by eye cancer on the CHECT blog.



Retinoblastoma Diagnosis

Retinoblastoma Treatment

 Children’s area

  • Age 1-6 – Retinoblastoma information written especially for children (and their parents) aged one to six
  • Age 7-11 – Retinoblastoma information written for children (and their parents) aged seven to 11
  • Age 12-18 – Retinoblastoma information for teenagers
  • At school or nursery – Info for parents whose children are of school or nursery age
  • Artificial eyes school action plan – be prepared for any issues that may arise
  • CHECT TYA – our website for teens and young adults

Visual impairment

Financial help

Adults after retinoblastoma

Further reading

Carter, J (2010) Supporting patients after retinoblastoma. Practice Nursing 21(1): 38-40

Carter, J (2011) Retinoblastoma – The issues faced by adults who had retinoblastoma as a child, GP Online

Halford, L et al. (2008) Retinoblastoma for life. Focus – Royal College of Ophthalmologists Summer: 5-6

CHECT information leaflets:

Other useful links

We have chosen some websites which we think are useful to anyone affected by retinoblastoma. We are not responsible for the upkeep of information or accuracy on any of the websites listed below. If you’d like to comment on any of the links we have added or have not included please contact us at info@chect.org.uk.

Cancer organisations

Cancer Research UK
This site has a wealth of information about different cancers.

Camp Simcha
Improving the quality of life for Jewish children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. It provides support to the child and family and also provides unforgettable experiences.

Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance (CCPA)
CCPA is made up of parent-run organisations with common aims of working together to support children with cancer. CHECT is a member of CCPA.

Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)
Funds and supports research into childhood cancers, and helps young patients and their families with their information resources.

Cyclists Fighting Cancer
A charity which gives new bikes, tandems and specially adapted trikes to children and young people who have been affected by cancer throughout the UK – including those with a vision impairment.

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
A national charity that rebuilds confidence after cancer, using sailing to support, empower and inspire young people between the ages of 8-24.

Provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support to people affected by cancer. It also campaigns for better cancer care.

Rare Disease UK
Rare Disease UK (RDUK) is the national alliance for people with rare diseases and all who support them.

Teenage Cancer Trust
Works to raise funds, educate, and support teenagers fighting cancer.

Young Lives Vs Cancer (formerly Clic Sargent)
The UK’s largest children’s cancer charity provides specialist nurses, doctors, play specialists, Homes from Home, social care, family support, youth services, holidays and grants.

Further reading

This link takes you to a page about the long term follow-up guidelines for survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancers. They were developed as a collaborative effort of the nursing discipline and the late effects committee.

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide recommendations for screening and management of late effects that may potentially arise as a result of therapeutic exposures used during treatment for paediatric malignancies. There is a link on this page to the guidelines. However, we recommend you review these with the assistance of a healthcare professional knowledgeable about the long term follow-up care for survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancers. Survivorship guidelines

Retinoblastoma (Rb)

The links below are for different retinoblastoma organisations and charities. Please be aware that the numbers of children affected by retinoblastoma vary in each country and treatment protocols also differ. We would like you to be aware of the following points.

  • Retinoblastoma affects children from all races and occurs in both genders equally.
  • In the developed world, retinoblastoma can be cured successfully using a range of treatments and 98% of children will survive retinoblastoma. Most children in the developed world are diagnosed at a stage when the cancer is contained within the eye.
  • Due to a lack of awareness of eye cancer, late diagnosis and poor access to treatment, children in developing countries are often diagnosed at an advanced stage so the disease can be fatal.

Eye Cancer Network Ocular oncology; diseases, treatment and research
An American website, supported by The Eye Care Foundation, that is concerned with all forms of eye cancer but has a link to retinoblastoma on the home page. The information is simple but informative; it is interesting to look at retinoblastoma alongside other forms of eye cancer.

Kinder Augen Krebs Stiftung (KAKS)
German Rb organisation (English version of website available).

Retinoblastoma International (RBI)
RBI is a non profit organisation founded in LA in 1998. Since then RBI has been committed to supporting education, clinical care, research, early diagnosis and awareness. Their website has a section called ‘Physicians and other resources’ which is useful if you do not live within the UK. There is also a ‘Children’s stories’ section of the website.

Retinostop is a French charity which supports families and facilitates parents’ meetings, supports research and helps to equip treatment centres. They promote early diagnosis amongst health professionals and government administrations. They produce a booklet for children about a girl called Mirabelle and her cat Tino who both need artificial eyes made for them. Click here for the English version of the site.

World Eye Cancer Hope
Previously Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund, World Eye Cancer Hope is the world’s only retinoblastoma charity taking a global approach to the needs of children affected by this cancer. With a particular focus on developing countries, they are committed to improving care for all children with retinoblastoma. Their goal is to develop sustainable, locally managed diagnosis and treatment programs in under-served regions of the world so that, one day soon, no child will face death from this entirely treatable cancer due to lack of awareness or resources.


Genetic Alliance UK
The Genetic Alliance UK is a national charity of patient organisations, supporting those affected by a genetic condition. The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust is a member of the Genetic Alliance UK.

Retinoblastoma Genetics Screening Unit
The Retinoblastoma Genetics Screening Unit at Barts and the London NHS Trust has a website. This website has information about the type of testing they do. It also includes detailed information about genetics and a useful glossary of terms. This is a website that you, your GP, your local genetic counsellor and your ophthalmologist may find useful.

Visual impairment

Reading for parents

  • Babies and children with visual impairment development journal – early support, Council for Disabled Children
  • “Show me what my friends can see”: a development guide for parents of babies with severely impaired sight and their professional advisors. By Sonksen & Stiff, available from your support worker
  • Looking ahead: a parent’s guide – RNIB
  • Early years – RNIB
  • Living paintings – borrow our Touch to See books from a free postal library.


Special educational needs


British Blind Sport enjoying sport and recreational activities in the UK

Calibre Audio Library provides a subscription-free service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities, who cannot read print.

Clear Vision a UK postal lending library of mainstream children’s books with added braille. The books all have braille (or Moon), print and pictures, making them suitable for visually-impaired and sighted children and adults to share.

Guide Dogs help adults and children to live actively, independently, and well with sight loss

Living Paintings a free library of Touch to See books bringing to live the visual world for blind and partially sighted people.

Look supports visually impaired young adults to thrive

Royal Blind provides services for visually impaired adults and children in Scotland.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) offers information, support and advice to people with sight loss.

Sightline a directory for local services for blind and partially sighted people.

throughscarlettseyes.com community information hub for parents of visually impaired children

VICTA supports blind and partially sighted children, young people (under 29) and their families across the UK.

Vision Foundation free and confidential mental health text service for visually impaired people in distress.

VocalEyes bring art and culture to life through audio description. 

Visibility provides support services to visually impaired children and adults living in Scotland.

WonderBaby.org a website dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities.