What We Treat

What are liver tumors?

Liver tumors happen when abnormal cells cluster together to form a mass or lump in the liver making the organ unable to work properly. They may be cancerous or non-cancerous. More than 300 children and young adults are diagnosed with liver tumors each year in the U.S.

Our pediatric specialized team is experienced in evaluating and treating many conditions, including:

  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Embryonal sarcoma of the liver
  • Rhabdoid tumor of the liver
  • Undifferentiated sarcoma of the liver
  • Other rare liver tumors

Services We Offer

A full range of treatment options

We offer a full range of treatment options for children with liver tumors. We will create a treatment plan just for your child, as treatment approaches can vary. Our team works closely with each family to determine the best course of action.

Treatment options include:

  • Surgery: A surgeon removes all or part of the liver.
  • Liver transplant: A donor provides your child with a healthy liver.
  • Local ablative techniques: Chemoembolization delivers medicine directly into a vein feeding a tumor, and radiofrequency ablation uses electrical currents to create heat that destroys cancer cells.
  • Chemotherapy: The use of certain medicines to treat cancer.
  • Radiation therapy: High-energy rays are used to kill or damage cancer cells.

A child with a liver tumor may undergo any one of these treatments or a combination of them.

Innovative research

Our team is committed to advancing research and medicine by developing new techniques, treatment and cures for children and young adults with solid tumors. We are home to one of the largest clinical trial programs in the country—offering our patients access to some of the most novel treatment options in the country.

Learn more about our research efforts

Our Unique Approach

    We are home to one of the leading childhood cancer programs in the country. Combining the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, makes the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center a top choice for the treatment of liver tumors.

    Our highlights

    • U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top 10 pediatric cancer programs in the country.
    • We are home to one of the only pediatric liver tumor program in the Southeast with a coordinated, integrated team of pediatric specialists dedicated to the care of children with cancerous or non-cancerous liver tumors.
    • We are home to one of the top five largest liver transplant programs in the U.S.
    • We offer some of the most promising new cancer treatments for children who have relapsed or have difficult to treat cancers through our developmental therapeutics program.

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