Liver tumours start in cells in the liver. There are several types of liver tumours that affect children.
Hepatoblastoma usually occurs in children under three years of age, but doesn’t usually spread to other parts of the body.
Hepatocellular carcinoma usually occurs in older children and teenagers. It often spreads to other parts of the body.
Undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver usually occurs in children aged five to 10. It often spreads throughout the liver, or to the lungs.
Infantile choriocarcinoma starts in the placenta while the baby is in the womb. It’s usually diagnosed in the first few months of life. It’s extremely rare for the mother to be affected as well.1