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Is thymoma cancerous?

Is thymoma cancerous?

See below: It depends on the grade of the thymoma; most are benign and after surgical resection do not recur but some do recur. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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3cm thymoma detected. Pet suv peak 3.8 with nearby lymph node 0.7-1cm. Results inconclusive. Is a biopsy dangerous to do. Is cancer spillage possible?

3cm thymoma detected. Pet suv peak 3.8 with nearby lymph node 0.7-1cm. Results inconclusive. Is a biopsy dangerous to do. Is cancer spillage possible?

Need correct: Diagnosis for correct treatment , every procedure has risks , but out weigh its benefits , thoracic surgeons routinely do these procedures like your situation , discuss with your surgeon ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor wants to use biological therapy instead of chemotherapy for my slow growing thymoma cancer?

What do you suggest if my doctor wants to use biological therapy instead of chemotherapy for my slow growing thymoma cancer?

Reasonable: Chemotherapy is the primary recommended systemic treatment for thymic carcinoma, but other agents have been studied. Per the guidelines, biologic therapy octreotide is a second line agent. Many other biologic therapies have been studied.There are many reasons to not use chemo in any patient. Ultimately, discuss the pros/cons with your doctor. A second opinion can be helpful if you are uncertain. ...Read more

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My doctor wants to use biological therapy instead of chemotherapy for my slow growing thymoma cancer. Could that treatment be effective?

My doctor wants to use biological therapy instead of chemotherapy for my slow growing thymoma cancer. Could that treatment be effective?

Surgery 1st then Rx: After surgical removal the next choice is chemotherapy or radiation. Your physician may have a newly available biological. You need to know the data on it effectiveness and and side effects compared to standard chemotherapy after surgical removal. ...Read more

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What are alternative remedies for thymoma?

What are alternative remedies for thymoma?

Adjuncts only: Surgery is your mainstay of therapy when the thymoma is operable. Radiation and perhaps chemotherapy as appropriate. Complementary and comfort measures may be very helpful. "Alternative" practitioners nowadays tend to be the ones who talk darkly about conspiracies to hide easy cures. These are all phony. Don't reward these folks with your money, no matter how desperate you may be. ...Read more

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How do you prevent thymoma from reoccurrence?

How do you prevent thymoma from reoccurrence?

Thymoma recurrence: The best way to prevent recurrence is surgical resection with negative margins in the first place. If surgical margins are positive or "close" consideration to add radiation therapy is strongly recommended. ...Read more

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I have thymoma what is the down side to the operation.

I have thymoma what is the down side to the operation.

Slight risk: Anesthesia operation, bleeding, infection are infrequent but possibles. Get the surgeon to thoroughly review risks, benefits and options - it is part of the process and important. ...Read more

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What can cause thymoma?

What can cause thymoma?

Unknown cause: Like many other Cancers, the cause of Thymoma is unknown. It is simply an accident of nature and sheer bad luck! ...Read more

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What is an atypical thymoma?

What is an atypical thymoma?

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: http://goo.Gl/mqtn1 and this one: http://goo.Gl/oetwz and this one: http://goo.Gl/yjnh5. ...Read more

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How fast does a thymoma grow?

How fast does a thymoma grow?

See below: Generally a slow growing tumor and are locally invasive. Most low grade tumors are benign and often cured with surgery alone. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a thymoma?

How do you diagnose a thymoma?

Imaging +/- biopsy: Chest ct scan is the main modality. Additional tests can be used and occasionally a needle biopsy may be needed. Frequently the diagnosis is confirmed only after resection. ...Read more

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What are the tests for thymoma?

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 myasthenia gravis. Testing that can done and include test to see for associations to myasthenia gravis, that include antibodies to acetylcholine receptor, blood counts, chemical panels looking at liver and kidney, immune evaluation of the cells inside. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thymoma?

What are the symptoms of thymoma?

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 the middle of the chest and if it grows large it can cause compression symptoms such as trouble swallowing or chest pain. It is looked for with certain diseases: myathenia gravis and can be associated with connective tissue and autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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What part of the body does a thymoma affect?

What part of the body does a thymoma affect?

Anterior mediastinum: Thymoma is a tumor that starts in the thymus. The thymus sits in font of the heart behind the sternum or breast bone. This area is called the anterior mediastinum. Thymoma can spread to other parts if the body like the lungs. But this is rare and they are usually contained within the thymus in the anterior mediastinum. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Thymoma (Definition)

Thymoma = tumor that ...Read more