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Thymoma and Thymic Tumors 

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What are thymoma and thymic tumors?

Thymoma and thymic tumors originate from the thymus gland, which is located in the upper anterior portion of the chest.  These tumors can be slow-growing or locally aggressive.

What are the symptoms of thymoma and thymic tumors?

Symptoms of thymoma and thymic tumors can mimic other conditions; see your physician if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • cough

How are thymoma and thymic tumors diagnosed?

These tumors are most commonly identified on either a chest xray or on computed tomography (CT).  Sometimes these lesions are found incidentally.  Your physician will, based on the appearance of these lesions, recommend for you the best option for determining a definitive diagnosis.

How are thymoma and thymic tumors treated?

At the Blumenthal Cancer Center, tumors of the thymus are approached in a multi-disciplinary method. Treatment may include a combination of surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.Your physician can help determine the best treatment for you.
Valley offers comprehensive thymoma and thymic tumors through its Lung Cancer Center at the Blumenthal Cancer Center. For more information, call 201-634-5538.

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