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What is the treatment for thymoma?

What is the treatment for thymoma?

Depends clinical set: This depends on the clinical setting. Sometimes you may need surgical excision, especially if concerned about malignancy. Biopsies can be done. But surgery is the usual approach. Depending on the spread even chemotherapy is indicated. It is associated with myasthenia gravis at times. At times removal can cure the myasthenia gravis. ...Read more

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Thymoma (Definition)

Thymoma is a type of cancer where the uncontrolled growth of thymus cells may cause compress the nearby lung or esophagus causing cough, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, and chest pain. Thymomas are also associated with diseases where the immune system targets ...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 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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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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What are the tests for thymoma?

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?

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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Can thymoma spread via the lymph nodes?

Can thymoma spread via the lymph nodes?

Very unlikely: Thymomas rarely spread via lymph nodes. Most often they spread by direct extention into other organs or by "drop" metastasis into the pleural or pericardial cavities. ...Read more

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I had a thymoma removed 25 days ago, is it normal to still have a lot of pain and pressure?

I had a thymoma removed 25 days ago, is it normal to still have a lot of pain and pressure?

Maybe: Recovery after thymoma differs depending on the type of surgery done to remove the thymus e.g. Sternotomy, cervical approach, minimally invasive (vats, or robotic). The pain may take weeks to months to get better. If your pain is not improving or if its getting worse you should contact your surgeon. They can tell you exactly what to expect at your stage of recovery. ...Read more

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