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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.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Thymus gland: Thymoma is a slow-growing type of cancer that begins in the thymus. Removal of thymus gland is both diagnostic and potentially therapeutic. This can now be done without "splitting the breast bone". The following links may provide more information: http://goo.Gl/mqtn1 and this one: http://goo.Gl/oetwz and this one: http://goo.Gl/yjnh5.
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Uncommon: Of the types of cancer, is uncommon, but if there is mass in anterior mediastinum, 47% are thymomas.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Thymus mass/cancer: Thymus is a gland we have in our low neck and chest during our childhood. It provides lymphocytes as is involved in our inmune system. This gland usually disappear or leave a small remnant. In some individuals in may grow abnormally causing mass effect in the middle of the chest (mediastinum) which maybe associated to myasthenia .http://www.cancer.org/cancer/thymuscancer/detailedguide/index.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for thymus cancer?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Biopsy: A fine needle aspiration biopsy or a core biopsy and microscopic evaluation of the retrieved cells will confirm if a suspected lesion is benign or malignant.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Who does thymus cancer affect?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
The thymus: Is an organ that is prominent in childhood living behind the sternus and necessary to "instruct" lymphocytes to recognize "self" antigens, have memory (as in , easles, mumps chickn pox), and fend off certain infections. Itinvolutes in adults. Thymic carcinoma occurs rarely sporadically. Thymoma is a benign, but invasive, and associated with myasthenia and certain inflammatory diseases and anemia.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who gets thymus cancer?

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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Usually after age 40: There are 3 main types, but generally progress slowly, and happen after age 40, also associated with patients with myasthenia gravis.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for thymus cancer?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Resectable or not: Surgery for resectable thymic cancers. Surgery may occur before or after radiation +/- chemotherapy in some late stage cancers.

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