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How is thymus cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Imaging and biopsy: Imaging is usually the first step in diagnosing thymus pathology. Ct scan would probably be required to differentiate between potentially malignant and benign lesions. Finally, biopsy will need to be performed to determine the cancer type and stage.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Biopsy: From the wording i infer that thymus is already targeted by imaging. Biopsy should be the next step.

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What is thymus cancer from?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Immune system: The thymus is an immune organ, that lives in the chest. It is most active in childhood. No one knows what causes the cancer, but it omes in many different types, which often resemble cancers from other areas of the body, such as squamous cell cancer, lymphoma, etc. One type of the thymic cancer, which is a malignant thymoma, is related to the muscle disease myasthenia gravis.

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