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Pediatric Hepatoblastoma (Liver Cancer)

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Summary

The most common liver tumor in children is hepatoblastoma, but it only happens in about one in a million children.  Other liver tumors found in children include:

  • Bile duct tumors 
  • Hepatocellular carcinomas
  • Mesenchymal Hamartomas (usually benign)
  • Sarcomas

Treatment

In general, curing these tumors requires complete removal combined with appropriate chemotherapy if the tumor is malignant.  The ability to resect the tumor depends on its position in the liver and whether it involves critical blood vessels and bile ducts.  Some patients with unresectable liver tumors will require a liver transplant.

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