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Thymoma tumors affect the thymus gland, an organ that sits in front of the heart and behind the breastbone. The thymus produces T cells, a type of white blood cell, during childhood. The gland normally grows to weigh up to 1 ounce at puberty. During adulthood, it gets smaller, and fat tissue replaces the gland’s cells.
Because thymoma is a rare cancer, not every physician is familiar with it. The thoracic cancer team at Henry Ford Health System diagnoses and treats even the most complex, uncommon cancers, like thymoma.
We offer a full range of diagnostic tests to diagnose and treat thymoma quickly and accurately.
Doctors often discover thymoma after diagnosing certain autoimmune disorders associated with thymoma or by chance, from another test. These conditions may include myasthenia gravis (a condition that causes muscle weakness), red cell aplasia (a bone marrow disorder that results in fewer red blood cells being produced) or hypogammaglobulinemia (a reduction in antibodies that fight disease).
If we suspect thymoma, we will order one or more of the following tests:
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