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What is recovery like after having a thymoma removed

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Birdas
Thoracic Surgery 27 years experience
Depends on approach: Standard approach would be through a sternotomy (splitting the breast bone) which would typically require 4-6 weeks recovery. There are minimally inva... Read More
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: If you have thymoma removed by "traditional" technique, median sternotomy (split breast bone), recovery can be several months. Modern techniques will... Read More

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Well....: I don't mean to shock you, but it is a type of cancer or pre-cancerous tumor. The thymus is a gland that sits on/near the heart. It is largest and pro... Read More
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Tumor: Thymoma is a type of cancer that begins in the thymus. Thymoma is generally a slow-growing tumor. The following links may provide more information: ht... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Birdas
Thoracic Surgery 27 years experience
Thymus gland: Which is found behind your sternum (breastbone).
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Generally slow: This link may provide more information. If you have a thymoma, i encourage referral to qualified minimally invasive thoracic surgeon. Thymoma can of... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Scan and biopsy: A ct scan should show the swelling and a biopsy should confirm it.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
Lab, imaging and bio: Ct imaging can help the environment, both location and size. Blood tests are used to help clarify its presence, and look for associations with myasthe... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
May be none: Up to half of people can have no symptoms. It can be found by accident when a chest film or ct scan is performed and a mass is found.Since it is th... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
No: Not usually. In fact if it is malignant, one might lose weight.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
No: Thymoma is a low grade cancer and should be removed in it's earliest stage. http://goo.gl/mqtn1.
A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 28 years experience
I : I presume you already had surgery and hope you are doing well. You are correct that thymomas are very rare tumors with only about 500 diagnosed every... Read More
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