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Hepatocellular carcinoma, childhood

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Hepatocellular carcinoma, childhood is a rare type of cancer of the liver that affects children. Symptoms may include a mass in the abdomen, swollen abdomen, abdominal pain, weight loss, poor appetite, jaundice, vomiting, fever, itchy skin, anemia, and back pain. Treatment options may vary depending on a variety of factors including the stage of the cancer.[1]
Last updated: 2/20/2009


  1. Rosenthal P. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2008; Accessed 2/11/2009.
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