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"Watch: A Race to the US to Save a Newborn’s Eyesight" - Fan Bu and Melody Cao

  • STAT News
  • New York, NY
  • (April 18, 2017)

When she was just 47 days old, Lulu was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that begins in the back of the eye. A doctor in Wenzhou, China, where the family was living at the time, detected tumors in both of Lulu’s eyes, and scheduled eye removal surgery for that afternoon. Lulu’s cancer is hereditary. Her father, Yi Tang, also suffered from retinoblastoma when he was young, and his eyes were removed. Worldwide, 70 percent of children with retinoblastoma die of the disease, but in the US, only 2 percent do, said Paul T. Finger, MD, director of the Ocular Tumor Service at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. “What’s the difference?” Finger said. “The difference is early diagnosis and treatments.”

- Paul T. Finger, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Ocular Tumor Service, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mount Sinai

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