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Childhood Liver Cancer Info

When cancer cells develop in a child's liver, it is called primary liver cancer. There are two main types of childhood liver cancer: hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma. The exact causes of the disease are not understood, but risk factors may include being male, having hepatitis B or C, and having had a low birth weight.
 
Liver cancer in childhood is sometimes referred to as a "silent" disease because there are no early symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they may include:
 
  • A painless lump in the abdomen (stomach)
  • Swelling or pain in the abdomen
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Loss of appetite.
 
Tests are used to confirm a diagnosis and to determine the stage of the disease. Treatment for liver cancer in children is different from that for adults and can include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
 
(Click Liver Cancer in Children for more information on this condition, including the prognosis, how it is diagnosed and staged, and additional symptoms.)
 

Childhood Liver Cancer Info

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