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Options for childhood liver cancer treatment depend on the stage of the disease, the type of liver cancer a person has, and whether it is new or recurrent, among other factors. When possible, surgery is used first to treat the condition. Other childhood liver cancer treatment methods include chemotherapy and radiation therapy, sometimes given before or after surgery.

Childhood Liver Cancer Treatment: An Introduction

Different types of childhood liver cancer treatment options are available. These options vary based on the type of liver cancer a child has. Some factors that may influence treatment options include:
 
  • The stage of the liver cancer (the size of the tumor, whether it affects part or all of the liver, and whether it has spread to other places in the body, such as the lungs)
  • Whether the cancer can be removed completely by surgery
  • The type of liver cancer (hepatoblastoma or hepatocellular)
  • Whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has recurred (come back).
     
In general, childhood liver cancer treatment options can include:
 
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy.
     
Your doctor can describe your child's treatment choices and the expected results of each. Choosing the most appropriate childhood liver cancer treatment is a decision that ideally involves the family and healthcare team.
 

Healthcare Providers of Childhood Liver Cancer Treatment

Your child's liver cancer treatment will be overseen by a pediatric oncologist, a doctor who specializes in treating children with cancer. The pediatric oncologist may refer you to other pediatric doctors who specialize in certain areas of medicine and who have experience and expertise in treating children with liver cancer. It is especially important to have a pediatric surgeon with experience in liver surgery. Other specialists may include the following:
 
  • Radiation oncologist
  • Pediatric nurse specialist
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker.
     
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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