"No child should die in the dawn of life". - Danny Thomas
Retinoblastoma Center at SPMC
The Retinoblastoma Center at SPMC is composed of diagnostic facilities and multidisciplinary team of doctors and support staff for children diagnosed with eye cancer. It is located at the Ophthalmology Department on the second floor of the JICA- OutPatient Care Center. It is equipped with Indirect Ophthalmoscopy, B Scan and a Retinal Camera. Other diagnostic modalities for staging such as the MRI and CTscan are available at the Diagnostic Radiology Center located on the Lower Ground Floor of the JICA OPCC.
The Multidisciplinary Team is headed by Ophthalmology Retina Specialists: Dr Perfecto Domingo and Dr Jocelyn Sy ; Pediatric Oncologist Dr Mae Dolendo; Palliative Care Physician Dr Rojim Sorrosa, Radiation Oncologist Dr Malou Lacanilao and Retinoblastoma Nurse/Research Assistant Karisse Caranto.
The RBCenter@SPMC accommodates daily referrals and admissions but multidisciplinary clinics are every Thursday 3:00pm.
The Khoo Teck Puat Chilldren’s Medical Institute Outreach Project for Retinoblastoma In 2009, the Khoo Teck Puat Children’s Medical Institute of National University Hospital in Singapore collaborated with the SPMC Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit for an Outreach Project in retinoblastoma. The goals of the program is to improve the knowledge and skills of the doctors in the management of retinoblastoma patients; provide assistance for medical equipments essential for therapy; and collaborate in the development of a retinoblastoma protocol and treatment plan appropriate to the local setting. The program has several components:
An early retinoblastoma detection campaign is conducted in the different target areas in Mindanao which includes distributions of posters, flyers and information-education materials as well as lectures to the public, barangay and other healthcare workers. A referral system is also established after ensuring that facilities, expertise, monitoring and feedback mechanisms are in place. Data collection and analysis is also conducted to improve on patient management and follow up. Clinical cases are likewise discussed with various experts using cure4kids, an online teleconferencing facility. Finally, outcome measures are analyzed to develop appropriate treatment protocols in the particular setting of limited resources.
Cure4kids Teleconference on Retinoblastoma
National University Hospital, Singapore
Ana Patricia Alcasabas, MD (Pediatric Oncologist)
Prof Quah Thuan Chong, MD (Pediatric Oncologist)
Gangadhara Sundar, MD (Ophthalmologist)
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA
Carlos Galindo-Rodriguez, MD (Pediatric Oncologist)
St Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA
Ibrahim Qaddoumi, MD (Pediatric Oncologist)
Catherine Lam, MD (Pediatric Oncologist)
Matthew Wilson, MD (Opthalmologist)
Hospital de Pediatrica JP Garrahan, Buenos Aires, Argentina