Condition 101 About Hepatoblastoma

What is the definition of Hepatoblastoma?

Hepatoblastoma is a rare malignant (cancerous) tumor of the liver that usually occurs in the first 3 years of life. In early stages of the condition, there may be no concerning signs or symptoms. As the tumor gets larger, affected children may experience a painful, abdominal lump; swelling of the abdomen; unexplained weight loss; loss of appetite; and/or nausea and vomiting. The exact underlying cause of hepatoblastoma is poorly understood. Risk factors for the tumor include prematurity with a very low birth weight, early exposure to hepatitis B infection, biliary atresia, and several different genetic conditions (i.e. Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis, Aicardi syndrome, Glycogen storage disease, and Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome). Treatment varies based on the severity of the condition but may include a combination of surgery, watchful waiting, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy.

Latest Advances On Hepatoblastoma

  • Condition: Hepatoblastoma
  • Journal: Zhonghua zhong liu za zhi [Chinese journal of oncology]
  • Treatment Used: C5V (Cisplatin+ 5-Fluroracil+ Vincristine), Surgery, and IIV (Ifoshamide+ Irinotecan+ Vincristine)
  • Number of Patients: 100
  • Published —
This study explored a novel treatment method for patients with high-risk hepatoblastoma (liver cancer).
  • Condition: Liver Masses in Children
  • Journal: International journal of hyperthermia : the official journal of European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology, North American Hyperthermia Group
  • Treatment Used: Stereotactic Radiofrequency Ablation (SRFA)
  • Number of Patients: 10
  • Published —
This study described experience with stereotactic radiofrequency ablation (SRFA) in children with liver masses.