One of the largest and vital organ of the body is liver. It helps store nutrients from food, produce bile and removes harmful chemicals from the body through detoxification process. Malignant or cancer causing liver cells develop liver cancer cells.
There are two main types of liver cancer in Hepatoblastoma and Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC).
Hepatoblastoma is the most common liver cancer affecting children, occurring most frequently in infants and children age 2 months to 3 years.
Hepatocellular Carcinoma occurs most frequently in children age 10-16 years. About 100 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with hepatoblastoma. Together, hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma account for about 1-2% of cancers in children.
Symptoms of Liver Cancer
Signs and Symptoms of Liver Cancer include swelling or enlargement of the abdomen caused by the tumor enlarging. Loss of appetite, Weight loss, Nausea & vomiting, stomach pain, Jaundice, Unequal growth of one part of the body compared to another and Early signs of puberty.
Liver Cancer Treatment:
Treatment for liver cancer include Surgery for primary stage of liver cancer which consist of A liver transplant or Surgery to remove the cancer from your liver (liver resection). Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatment uses radio waves to heat up the cancer cells until they are killed off.
Microwave ablation, Injecting alcohol into the tumor, Chemoembolisation, Radioembolisation, Biological therapy, Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy are also common treatments.