Mum spotted baby son's eye cancer due to strange 'glow' in photos of him

Baby Ryder was diagnosed with eye cancer after his mother was diagnosed with Andrea, who discovered a strange white glow in his left eye. At first she thought it was her camera that was broken, but the truth was far more worrying

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A baby was diagnosed with rare eye cancer after his mother noticed a “strange” glow in his eyes when she took a picture of him.

Ryder Temarantz, now five, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma after his mother Andrea saw the glow when she photographed him when he was three months old.

At first Andrea thought her phone’s camera was defective and asked her husband Joey to get her a new one, but even with the new equipment the “glow” became more evident and she decided to tell her GP.

Andrea said: “He was more alert and active, I always took photos.

“That’s when I noticed a white glow, I didn’t think much about it. I thought it was just because my camera phone wasn’t that great. However, it was always there. So I asked my husband to give me a real camera.

Andrew noticed the glow when she photographed Ryder as a baby
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“He bought me a Nikon and gave it to me as an early Christmas present. I opened it and immediately took photos, but to my surprise this glow was even worse. “

Ryder was then referred to two specialists and the devastating news that he had cancer was brought to his parents.

Andrea said: “When my eyes filled with tears, I asked if it was cancer. The doctor said he would refer me to another specialist the same day. I called my husband from the parking lot, crying.

Ryder with his mother Andrea and brother Joseph
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“I told him that I was pretty sure something was really wrong.”

Ryder was then admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for a brain scan and further evaluation. He was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at the time.

If the disease is detected early, retinoblastoma – a rare cancer that often occurs in children – can often be treated successfully.

Fortunately, the cancer hadn’t spread, but since Ryder has Down syndrome, chemotherapy would put him at a higher risk of developing leukemia.

Because Ryder has Down syndrome, chemotherapy increases the risk of developing leukemia
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Andrea said she managed to find a doctor in New York who could perform a focused treatment of the eye called intra-arterial chemotherapy.

She said, “It’s a method of delivering concentrated doses of cancer-killing drugs directly to the affected area of ​​the eye.

“You go through his artery to his heart and put it right in his eye.”

Pictured: Joseph, Andrea, Joey and Rider
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Ryder’s eye swelled up and he lost his eyelashes from chemotherapy, but the procedure was successful and he’s been cancer-free for five years.

He still has to go to his doctor’s annual appointments to make sure his eyes are clear.

Andrea said, “The retinoblastoma is very spontaneous, so a lot of follow-up examinations are required. Ryder has been screened nearly 40 times to make sure he is still cancer-free.

Ryder has been cancer-free for five years
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“He’s just hit the five-year cancer-free mark, so he’ll only have to go down once a year from now on to make sure his eyes are clear.”

Andrea encouraged other parents to look out for unusual things when taking photos.

She added, “Take care of your photos and those of your friends. Leave the flash on and if you see a white glow, have it checked. All children should see an ophthalmologist by the age of six months as this will help prevent many eye problems. “

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