AFP levels in the blood can be used to diagnose hepatoblastoma and to monitor the response to treatment.
About pediatric hepatoblastoma
Hepatoblastoma is a rare tumor that begins in cells in the liver and primarily affects children from infancy to about 5 years of age.
Symptoms and diagnosis
Pediatric hepatoblastoma signs and symptoms
A large mass in the stomach
Yellowing of eyes and skin
Pediatric hepatoblastoma diagnosis
In addition to a complete medical history and full physical exam, special tests will be performed to make a full diagnosis. Additional testing could include:
This scan will rotate around the patient and creates a picture of the inside of the body from different angles.
This scan uses magnets and radio waves to allow doctors to see inside the body.
Blood tests are done to look for evidence of disease and any possible effects on other organs of the body, such as the kidney or liver.
A biopsy is not normally done, but may be recommended if the imaging tests are not typical of hepatoblastoma. Tissue might be taken to determine the type of cells.
Treatment involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. For patients with advanced disease, radiation therapy also might be recommended.
Fighting pediatric cancer and blood disorders
Our UW Health Kids Cancer Care specialists offer the most advanced treatment options. Our pediatric cancer and blood disorder experts are national research leaders. We test new therapies and continue to work on therapies for pediatric cancer and blood disorders. For many children with rare or hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.
Care for your child
UW Health Kids Cancer Care specialists are dedicated to diagnosing and treating all infants, children and adolescents with cancer, including rare cancers like hepatoblastoma.
Our pediatric oncologists are part of the UW Carbone Cancer Center, which is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. This designation means that the doctors taking care of your child are experts in cancer treatment, research and education.
Meet our team
An experienced team providing your child with the care they deserve
Your child’s care is our top priority and we understand the unique needs they have. Your child’s team will include:
Oncologists (cancer doctors)
Hematologists (blood disease doctors)
Child life specialists
Pain management specialists
Physical, occupational and speech therapists
Radiologists and radiation technologists
Patient and support services
You’re never alone
There are services available at both American Family Children’s Hospital and in the community to help patients and their families through every step of their journey.
Child life specialists help your child and family cope with any fears and anxieties, and the American Family Children's Hospital patient and family visitor guide features information about:
Positive Image Center
Spiritual care services
Tyler's Place (sibling child care)
Pediatric cancer services
With our expertise comes compassion. Our team considers you and your child part of our family. We will be by your side every step of the way. From diagnosis through treatment and into adulthood, we will care for your child as if they are our own.Learn more