Disease Information

Solid Tumor: Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Alternate Names: None

What is hepatocellular carcinoma?

Hepatocellular carcinoma is a type of liver cancer that usually affects people whose livers have been under extra strain for a long time because of infections, metabolic diseases or prolonged use of certain drugs, including:

Children are more likely to develop hepatocellular carcinoma in these cases:

Only about a third of children diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma have one of these risk factors.

How common is hepatocellular carcinoma?

What are the symptoms of hepatocellular carcinoma?

Symptoms of hepatocellular carcinoma include the following:

How is hepatocellular carcinoma treated?

Hepatocellular carcinoma is not curable without complete removal of all tumor with surgery. This could require a liver transplant if the tumor involves the whole liver. Other treatments may include the following:

What are the survival rates for hepatocellular carcinoma in children?

The overall survival rate is less than 30%. However, the patient may become disease-free if treated with the following:

Why choose St. Jude for your child’s hepatocellular carcinoma treatment?


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