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Hepatoblastoma in Children

  • Hepatoblastoma is a very rare cancerous tumor that originates in your child’s liver.

    • The primary functions of the liver include filtering and storing blood, processing the food we eat and making vital proteins for the body to use. It has a right lobe and a left lobe.

    • Most hepatoblastoma tumors grow in the right lobe.

    • This disease primarily affects children from infancy to about five years of age.

    • Most cases appear during the first 18 months of life.

    • Hepatoblastoma cancer cells can spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body.

    • The most common sites of metastasis are the lungs and the abdomen.

    Pioneering research

    Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is conducting numerous research studies that will help clinicians better understand and treat hepatoblastoma.

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