The International Centre for Eye Health at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine hosts virtual, periodic national retinoblastoma MDT meetings (tumour boards), in which the evaluation and management of children diagnosed with retinoblastoma are discussed.
The mission of the Rb-NET MDT project is to connect specialists from across the world with health care providers from within a country in order to enhance the quality of care of patients diagnosed with retinoblastoma in treatment centres from that specific country. This platform was created in order to enable a joint discussion between ophthalmologists, paediatric oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, geneticists and other medical experts that are clinically engaged in retinoblastoma management.
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The Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust is offering funding towards a Fellowship for an ocular oncologist who wishes to pursue their studies at a centre of excellence in India, UK, USA or elsewhere. The amount available is 25,000 USD. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2022. More information is available at www.vcecct.org We encourage any ophthalmologist in Rb-NET who is interested in applying to contact Marcia Zondervan in the first instance so we can discuss it and try to help you with the application, as we believe it could be very competitive. It would be wonderful if someone from Rb-NET was successful, as we know what an enormous impact such specialist training would have in your home country.
If you are involved in retinoblastoma management in your country and would like to participate in national Rb-NET MDT meetings, please refer to the contact information
My Oncology Team has a great opportunity to discuss with experts around the world about difficult retinoblastoma cases.
With us discussing, we can provide the best care for our patients.
Paediatric Hematologist Oncologist
National Eye Center
Cicendo Eye Hospital, Bandung, West Java
The Rb-NET MDT program has held two Zoom meetings during the Covid crisis in which we from Ruharo Eye Centre have presented RB children under our care who have complex problems. The opportunity for discussion and input from colleagues around the world has been of great value. It had been particularly helpful because I as lead clinician am isolated in UK unable at present to return, but the team is continuing the service. The interaction with worldwide experts has been an important boost to their confidence. The parents also are very appreciative of this international support in the care of their children. We are keen that the program must continue even when normality returns.
Keith Waddell. RB Service, Ruharo Eye Centre, Mbarara, Uganda
One of the wonderful things about the Rb-NET MDT meetings is that we review a new Rb patient’s case with other physicians to make sure that we formulate an optimal plan for our patients based on their own individual needs.
Dupe Ademola-Popoola, Paediatric Ophthalmology Strabismus, and Ophthalmic Oncology Services. University of Ilorin & University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.