- How is thymus cancer treated?
- Surgery for thymus cancer
- Radiation therapy for thymus cancer
- Chemotherapy for thymus cancer
- Clinical trials for thymus cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies for thymus cancer
- Treatment of thymus cancers by extent and type of tumor
- More treatment information for thymus cancer
How is thymus cancer treated?
Making treatment decisions
After a thymic tumor is found and tests have been done to get a sense of its likely stage, your cancer care team will discuss your treatment options with you. Factors important in choosing a treatment include the type and stage of the cancer, whether or not it is resectable (able to be completely removed with surgery), and whether you have any other serious medical problems. Because thymic cancer is rare, it has been hard to do large studies looking at treatments and comparing one against another. That’s why in many cases the best way to treat this cancer is not always clear
Your health care team may include: a thoracic surgeon, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, pulmonologist, a neurologist, as well as nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation specialists, and other health professionals.
Selecting a treatment plan is an important decision, and you should take the time to think about all of your choices. If time permits, it is often a good idea to seek a second opinion. A second opinion can provide more information and help you feel more confident about the treatment plan chosen.
The main treatments for thymus cancer are:
For information about some of the most common approaches used based on the extent of the disease, see the section “Treatment of thymus cancers by extent and type of tumor.”
The “Additional resources for thymus cancer” section has other, more detailed materials on the different types of cancer treatments and their side effects.
Last Medical Review: 02/07/2014
Last Revised: 02/11/2014