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[25 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]

Hepatoblastoma is a cancer of the liver, caused by defective foetal cells, which usually occurs in young children up to the age of two years. It is extremely rare, affecting approximately 1 in every 100,000 babies and toddlers in the UK each year, with the incidence in the US being nearer to 1 in a million. There are generally no significant genetic or environmental factors that can cause this disease.
The SIOPEL organisation, who lead studies into improving the prognosis and quality of life for children affected by liver tumours, provide …

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[25 Mar 2009 | One Comment | ]
Composite Extrarenal Rhabdoid Tumours

Not the most catchy of titles. The only reason for including this one at the moment is that it was an added complication to Matt’s particular cancer. The image is of ‘ordinary’ epithelial cells. [1]
Matt’s first pathology result included the following: –
“Microscopic Report
Viable tumour cells are seen which in places form pseudo-rosettes around vessels and are characterised by an anaplastic rhabdoid morphology with abundant refractile intracytoplasmic globules. Many of the cells show multinucleation and many also show very prominent amphophillic nucleoli. Small numbers of mature lymphocytes are scattered throughout the …