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ORBIS EyeReport - Dr. Brian Marr & Retinoblastoma in Jakarta

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Published on Jul 6, 2010

For the first time, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital facilitated an ocular oncology clinic during its program in Jakarta, Indonesia. Led by Dr. Brian Marr from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, ORBIS held a week-long skills exchange program to address retinoblastoma - a cancer that develops in the retina of the eye - and orbital melanomas. Dr. Marr spent the week consulting on cases seen by the local doctors, and in one case, was able to perform surgery on a two-year-old little girl named Azzara.

Through Jakarta's aggressive campaign to address retinoblastoma and the importance of early detection, children like Azzara are seen in time to give them a fighting chance at not only sight, but at life. Dr. Marr was able to show the local doctors how to approach cases such as Azzara where traditional treatment with chemotherapy must be complimented with laser surgery as well. Working side-by-side with the local doctors, Dr. Marr was able to share best practices when dealing with a case such as Azarra and with the limited technology and tools available in country.

produced by: Perry Athanason/ORBIS International

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