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Who does thymus cancer affect?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 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.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is thymus cancer from?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 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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