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Doctor insights on: Hospitalized Since Birth Thymus Cancer

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Who does thymus cancer affect?

Who does thymus cancer affect?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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How can one get thymus cancer?

How can one get thymus cancer?

Same as anywhere: All you really need to do to get thymic cancer is have a thymus. Cancer is an overgrowth of cells which have lost their responsiveness to the normal signals of the body; this is why they break free and go elsewhere in the body (metastasize). ...Read more

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What's new in thymus cancer research?

What's new in thymus cancer research?

Not mutch: Thymus cancers first they are rare, has variety of histological variability , possibility of spread depends on the type of histology , molecular characteristics of tumor. Recent advances are in molecular profiling of the tumor for target therapy, tumor markers like cd117, although not specific. ...Read more

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What are the characteristic symptoms of thymus cancer?

There are benign: Masses called thymoma, can cause muscle weakness (myesthenic syndrome), pure red cell aplasia (spindle type), and associated with rheumatic diseases (lupus, polymyositis). There is a malignant variety, and carcinoids affecting the organ. The thymus helps develop the t-cell immunity; involutes in adulthood. ...Read more

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Who gets thymus cancer?

Who gets thymus cancer?

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. ...Read more

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How is thymus cancer diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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What is thymus cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Thymus Cancer (Definition)

Thymus cancer is an over proliferation of the cells of the thymus, which is an organ found in children responsible for the development of certain infection ...Read more