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What is Hepatoblastoma?

  • Hepatoblastoma is a rare type of childhood cancer that occurs in the 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. The liver 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.

    Hepatoblastoma treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Children with hepatoblastoma are treated through the Liver Tumor Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. We have some of the most experienced pediatric liver oncologists, surgeons, and pathologists – as well as internationally recognized pediatric subspecialists who use sophisticated technology and therapies to maximize outcomes for the children we treat.

    Learn more about hepatoblastoma

    Find in-depth details on hepatoblastoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website, including answers to:

    • How is hepatoblastoma diagnosed?
    • What is the best treatment for hepatoblastoma?
    • What is the latest research on hepatoblastoma?
    • What is the long-term outlook for children with hepatoblastoma?