Clin Pediatr Hematol Oncol.  2020 Apr;27(1):43-54. 10.15264/cpho.2020.27.1.43.

Management of Hepatoblastoma in the Modern Era and Future Perspectives

  • 1Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Asan Medical Center Children’s Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Hepatoblastoma is the most common malignant hepatic tumor in infants and young children and accounts for approximately 1% of all pediatric malignancies. A treatment strategy incorporating chemotherapy and surgical resection has evolved based on the results of the multicenter clinical trials performed by the major liver study groups during the last two decades and led to significantly improved survival outcomes. The alpha-fetoprotein level, PRE-Treatment EXTent tumor stage, and histological category are well-known prognostic factors that are used for risk stratification. Platinum-based chemotherapy regimens are effective in terms of increasing the likelihood of surgical resectability. Refinement of surgical techniques and the advent of liver transplantation have improved the outcomes in patients with advanced tumors. However, the optimal treatment strategy for advanced hepatoblastoma remains unclear. Unanswered questions include the optimal timing and indications for pulmonary metastasectomy and when the surgical strategy should be complex liver resection or liver transplantation. The major liver study groups have now formed a global coalition known as the Children’s Hepatic tumors International Collaboration and developed an international staging system. The aim of this article is to review current treatment strategies of hepatoblastoma focusing on high risk patients.

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