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Is Thymoma Cancerous
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
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?
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
My doctor wants to use biological therapy instead of chemotherapy for my slow growing thymoma cancer. Could that treatment be effective?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer