Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Treatment for hepatoblastoma

Specific treatment for hepatoblastoma will be determined by your child’s physician based on:

  • Your child’s age, overall health and medical history.
  • Extent of the disease.
  • Your child’s tolerance for specific medications, procedures and therapies.
  • Expectations for the course of the disease.
  • Your opinion or preference.

Treatment for hepatoblastoma is generally aimed at resecting (removing) as much of the tumor as possible while maintaining adequate liver function. Liver tissue can regenerate when removed.

Other forms of treatment may include (alone or in combination) the following:

  • Surgery – to remove tumor and part or all of the liver.
  • Chemotherapy.
  • Liver transplant.
  • Supportive care – for the side effects of treatment.
  • Antibiotics – to prevent and treat infections.
  • Continuous follow-up care – to determine response to treatment, detect recurrent disease and manage late effects of treatment.