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Information for Parents


  • What is this disease?

    • This is a malignant (cancerous) tumour of the liver which usually occurs in young children.

  • How it is diagnosed?

    • Hepatoblastoma usually presents as a lump in the abdomen. Other symptoms include: Poor appetite, Weight loss, Lethargy, Fever, Vomiting, Jaundice. blood test, including alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), Chest X-ray, Ultrasound scan, CT scan or MRI scan – an MRI or CT scan of your child’s abdomen and CT scan of the  lungs will be needed to get  detailed information about the tumor. Biopsy is needed to confirm diagnosis.

  • How it is treated?

    • Treatment for hepatoblastoma depends on which risk group the child has. The treatment usually includes chemotherapy and surgery, and occasionally liver transplantation.

  • When it should be operated?

    • The decision to operate will depend upon clinical condition and stage of the tumor.

  • Are there other alternative methods of treatment?

    • Chemotherapy, or surgery are all used in different combinations for treatment.

  • What all I need to know before my child surgery?

    • Read “All you need to know before your child's surgery” information booklet in website.

  • How is the surgery done?

    • Surgery involves removal of mass and varies according to lobe involved. It can include right or left hepatectomy, right trisegmentectomy or hepatic transplantation.

  • Remarks

    • For more details of surgery, contact your surgeon

  • Related Photographs and videos

    • Few photographs of steps done by me  is given here for learning purposes

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