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November 1958

The Treatment of Retinoblastoma by X-Ray and Triethylene Melamine

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Institute of Ophthalmology of The Presbyterian Hospital.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;60(5):897-906. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940080917010

We have been treating retinoblastoma by irradiation according to the method described by us first in 1936.1 The technique, which was devised by Dr. Hayes E. Martin, of the Memorial Center for Cancer and Allied Diseases, includes the employment of special cones and a temporal and nasal port in an effort to deliver an adequate dose to the posterior sector of the eye to the exclusion of the vulnerable anterior sector. Subsequent reports on the use of this technique were made in 1942,2 1945,3 1949,4 1955,5 and 1957.6 The treatment is employed for patients with bilateral tumors whose eye with the more advanced disease has been enucleated. The less involved eye has been treated when it was thought that useful vision might be salvaged if the tumor were arrested.

From the institution of this treatment in 1936 through 1952 we treated by this method

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