Thymoma Treatment Information
Thymoma is a cancer that develops in the cells on the surface of the thymus gland (the gland that creates T lymphocytes, or T cells, which are vital to a person’s immune system). Thymomas are relatively uncommon, although they are the primary type of cancer to develop in the thymus.
Most thymomas are slow-growing, and very few ever spread outside of the thymus. While some oncologists classify thymomas as either malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous), most prefer to treat every thymoma as if it could potentially be malignant. Survival rates are generally favorable, especially when the tumors are diagnosed early and properly treated by highly specialized oncologists like those in Moffitt’s Thoracic Oncology Program.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we take a unique approach to treating thymoma. We offer a comprehensive range of therapies for thymus cancers, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and clinical trials, all in one convenient location. More importantly, however, we tailor each patient’s thymoma treatment plan to meet his or her specific needs. This gives us the opportunity to:
- Account for individual factors, such as the stage and cellular makeup of the cancer and the patient’s age, when deciding which treatments to recommend
- Determine if newer, more innovative therapies (accessible through our robust clinical trial program) offer more potential benefits and fewer potential risks than other currently used thymoma treatment options
- Help each patient maintain his or her quality of life throughout the duration of treatment
Additionally, patients don’t just work with one oncologist when they come to Moffitt; every individual is cared for by a multispecialty team of thymoma experts. This means that radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, pulmonologists and other skilled medical professionals all work together to develop a patient’s treatment plan. And, this team meets every week to review the patient’s response to treatment, making modifications as necessary to achieve the best possible outcomes.