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Liver Cancer in Children

About Liver Cancer

Liver, Pancreas and Gallbladder AnatomyThe liver is one of the largest organs in the body. It helps store nutrients from food, creates bile to break down fat, and removes harmful chemicals from the body. Liver cancer develops when malignant cells form in liver tissues.

Hepatoblastoma and Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)

There are two main types of liver cancer in children: hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Hepatoblastoma is the most common of these affecting children, occurring most frequently in infants and children age 2 months to 3 years. HCC occurs most frequently in children age 10-16 years. About 100 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with hepatoblastoma each year. Together, hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma account for about 1-2% of cancers in children.

Signs and Symptoms of Liver Cancer

The most common symptom is swelling or enlargement of the abdomen caused by the tumor enlarging. Additional symptoms may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Jaundice
  • Unequal growth of one part of the body compared to another
  • Early signs of puberty

News About Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer in Children was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by Geoff Duncan
Jodi Hartzler, Mother

Jodi Hartzler, Mother

My name is Jodi Hartzler. I am a mom to two boys, Gavyn and Tate, and wife to Ryan. Tate is our youngest son, and his journey with liver cancer began when he was two months old. He was constantly vomiting, not gaining weight, and just not eating well. On August 19,... read more
Tate Hartzler, Hepatoblastoma

Tate Hartzler, Hepatoblastoma

9 Weeks Old at Diagnosis For most parents, the first few months after welcoming a new baby into the family can be overwhelming. But for Jodi’s family, a cancer diagnosis turned life upside down. Jodi’s newborn, Tate, seemed to feel ill frequently and had... read more

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