A rhabdoid tumor of the
liver is a cancer that begins in the liver, then often spreads quickly to other
parts of the body. These are very rare tumors. But when to they do happen, they most
often affect babies and toddlers.
conditions connected with cirrhosis (long-term damage) of the liver, like hereditary
hemochromatosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, glycogen storage disease, and other
How Are Liver Tumors Treated?
Surgical removal is usually the best and most effective treatment for children
with benign or malignant liver tumors.
Sometimes doctors can just keep an eye on benign tumors if they don't cause serious
symptoms. If a benign tumor gets very large or causes a problem, a surgeon will remove
it. When this happens, usually no other treatment is needed.
For a malignant liver tumor:
Chemotherapy to shrink
the tumor and surgery work well when a hepatocellular tumor is found early.
Hepatocellular tumors can be challenging to treat. They are hard to remove surgically
and often do not respond well to chemotherapy.
In some cases, a child with a malignant liver tumor may need a liver
When your child needs treatment for a tumor, it can feel overwhelming. But you're
not alone. To find support, talk to your child's doctor or a hospital social worker.
Many resources are available to help you and your child get through this difficult
You also can find information and support online at: