Am I at risk for thymoma?
Doctors often discover thymoma after diagnosing certain autoimmune disorders, including:
- Myasthenia gravis: Autoimmune disease that causes muscle weakness and fatigue
- Red-cell aplasia: Type of anemia characterized by the decline of red blood cells
- Hypogammaglobulinemia: Immune disorder caused by a lack of B-lymphocytes and antibodies in the blood.
What are the symptoms for thymoma?
Many people with thymoma do not show any symptoms. If they do, symptoms may include:
- Chest pain or pressure
- Increased body or facial hair
- Persistent cough
- Weight gain
What are my treatment options for thymoma?
Thymectomy, surgery to remove the thymus gland, is the first line of treatment for thymoma. We use advanced, minimally invasive robot-assisted procedures to remove small tumors. But we may need to perform open surgery for large, more complex tumors.
We often participate in clinical trials to test new thymoma treatments. Talk with your doctor about whether taking part in a trial may be right for you.