Some genetic health conditions increase a child's risk. These include:
Symptoms vary depending on the size and of the tumor and whether it has spread. Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:
The symptoms of hepatoblastoma can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees a healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
You may take your child to the healthcare provider because of a lump, swelling, or pain in the belly abdomen, or other symptoms. The healthcare provider will ask about your child's symptoms. He or she will examine your child, focusing on the abdomen. Your child may need to see a specialist in diagnosing and treating cancer in children (pediatric oncologist). Your child may have tests such as:
Part of diagnosing cancer is called staging. Staging is the process of seeing if the cancer has spread, and where it has spread. Staging also helps to decide the treatment. There are different ways of staging cancer, but most range from stage 1 to stage 4. Hepatoblastoma has different staging methods. One method may be used before surgery and one after. Talk with your child's oncologist about your child's stage and what it means.
If your child has been diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, you may want your child to see another oncologist. This means to get a second opinion. Your insurance company may require a second opinion.
Treatment will depend on the stage and other factors. The cancer can be treated with any of the below:
With any cancer, how well a child is expected to recover (prognosis) varies. Keep in mind:
A child may have complications from the sarcoma or from treatment, such as:
A child with a hepatoblastoma needs ongoing care. Your child will be seen by oncologists and other healthcare providers to treat any late effects of treatment and to watch for signs or symptoms of the tumor returning. Your child will be checked with imaging tests and other tests. And your child may see other healthcare providers for problems from the tumor or from treatment.
You can help your child manage his or her treatment in many ways. For example:
Call the healthcare provider if your child has: