MDiTV Presents the Hepatoblastoma Network

Raising cancer awareness is huge. The clerk at the grocery checkout will ask if you would like to round-up your purchase to donate to breast cancer awareness. At the bank you can find fliers to sign up for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Turn on the TV and every third commercial is about a foundation that wants to make you aware. There are a myriad of campaigns for raising awareness; from leukemia to prostate cancer to adult liver cancer to skin cancer, etc. All these campaigns do great things for their respective fields. They generate millions of dollars that fund research which, in turn, betters the type of care the sufferers of these cancers receive.

But there are lesser known cancers out there. And because of their rarity they are either often misdiagnosed, or the treatment protocols are not fully figured out yet. MDiTV is focusing on one of those rare cancers — hepatoblastoma. Hepatoblastoma is a childhood liver cancer that effects about 11.2 children per million worldwide annually. It occurs most frequently in newborns with incidences drastically declining by age three. Protocols to fight it were developed in the early 70’s and have evolved little since. Currently, researchers are struggling to secure funds to advance treatments for patients diagnosed with the cancer. To help raise awareness and join the many voices of support out there already, MDiTV has built the Hepatoblastoma Network.

Beyond raising awareness, the website serves as a community for parents of children with hepatoblastoma. The website offers interviews with medical professionals and researchers, information on symptoms, treatments and a detailed look at the liver. Parents are encouraged to share their child’s story with each other and there is also a Wiki that can be updated by the community. The Hepatoblastoma Network intends to be a place where people can learn more about this rare cancer and grow as a support network.