Hepatoblastoma / Hepatocellular Carcinoma

What is it?

Hepatoblastoma and Hepatocellular Carcinoma are the two types of primary tumours found in the liver. The liver is also a common place for secondary tumours to spread to from elsewhere in the body.

Not a great deal is known about the cause of liver tumours in children but the most common symptom is a painful lump in the abdomen.

Treatment plans depend on the type of tumour, but usually involve surgery at some point.

Who does it affect?

Tumours of the liver (known as hepatic tumours) are very rare in childhood. Up to 20 children are diagnosed each year in the UK.

Hepatoblastoma is the more common type of liver cancer and affects younger children, predominantly boys.

Hepatocellular Carcinoma – or HCC - is rarer but sees more diagnosis’ in 10-14-year-olds, with boys and girls equally likely to be affected.

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You can read more about the types of Hepatoblastoma / Hepatocellular Carcinoma and it’s treatment.

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