During your first visit, a physician will perform a physical examination and review your child’s complete medical history. Your team may recommend diagnostic procedures such as biopsy, blood tests, computed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan),magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-ray, ultrasound, bone scans, and/or an alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test.
Your hepatoblastoma team will work with you and your child to determine the best treatment plan that meets your needs. Treatment is generally aimed at removing as much of the tumor as possible with surgery, while maintaining adequate liver function. Liver tissue can be regenerated when removed. Additional treatment methods can include chemotherapy, antibiotics, and in rare cases, liver transplant. Important elements of our comprehensive program are supportive care to manage side effects and continuous follow-up care to monitor response to treatment, detect recurrent disease and manage late effects of treatment. As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from child to child. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis.