Intra-arterial chemotherapy for retinoblastoma

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Learn what intra-arterial chemotherapy is and how it is done.

Key points

  • Intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC) is a procedure for the treatment of retinoblastoma that delivers chemotherapy medications through a catheter to the artery of the eye under image guidance.
  • The procedure is usually performed by accessing the artery at the groin (right or left side, sometimes both).
  • IAC is usually a low-risk procedure.
  • Your child will be given a general anaesthetic.
  • Your child is usually discharged from the hospital on the same day as the procedure after a six hour recovery period.
Last updated: July 15th 2022