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Eur J Cancer. 2005 Jul;41(11):1503-14.

The emerging family of hepatoblastoma tumours: from ontogenesis to oncogenesis.

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  • 1SIOPEL Liver Tumour Study Group, Institute of Pathology of the University, Berne, Switzerland.


The identification of distinct types and subtypes of hepatoblastoma has led to a successful classification of these lesions. In recent years, and particularly within large tumour trials, the spectrum of paediatric epithelial liver tumours has increased. This, together with the need for defining clinically relevant risk groups, will require a new approach to defining and classifying these cancers. Furthermore, an impressive amount of molecular biological information on liver ontogenesis and growth regulation of hepatic tumours has recently accumulated, which will allow the development of a comprehensive classification system with particular emphasis on prognostics. In this review, novel findings relating to these issues are discussed.

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