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Childhood liver cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the liver. When then cancer cells form first in the tissues of the liver, it is primary liver cancer. When it spreads to the liver from another part of the body, it is secondary liver cancer. Liver cancer is rare in children and teenagers.
The two main types of childhood liver cancer are:
Less common types of childhood liver cancer include:
What does the liver do?
The liver is one of the largest organs in the body. It has four lobes and fills the upper right side of the abdomen inside the rib cage. Three important functions of the liver are:
Patients with liver cancer 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 cancer oncologists, surgeons and pathologists – as well as internationally recognized pediatric subspecialists who use sophisticated technology and therapies to maximize outcomes for our patients.
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