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We also might have to remove any areas of tumor spread outside of the thymus. This could mean removing parts of the pleura, pericardium, nerves, the superior vena cava, and/or lung.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy can be used:

Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy radiation in the form of x-rays or radioactive particles to kill cancer cells.

In advanced disease, radiation therapy can be used to help ease (palliate) symptoms from the cancer such as shortness of breath, pain, bleeding, or trouble swallowing.


Several chemo drugs may be used in the treatment ofthymomas and thymic carcinomas, but aren’t curative.

Thymic carcinomas are more likely to grow and spread quickly than thymomas and often require more aggressive treatment.

Key Points

Thymoma and thymic carcinoma are sicknesses in which malevolent (cancer) cells form on the outside surface of the thymus. There are diverse categories of tumors of the thymus. Thymomas and thymic carcinomas are sporadic tumors of the cells that are on the external surface of the thymus. The tumor cells in a thymoma look alike to the usual cells of the thymus, grow sluggishly and seldom spread beyond the thymus. Certain factors affect prognosis (likelihood of recovery) and treatment alternatives. The probabilities of recovery and treatment choices depend on the following:


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