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Thymoma treatment often includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of these options. For instance, a surgeon may remove part or all of a cancerous growth, a medical oncologist may administer chemotherapy drugs to destroy cancer cells or a radiation oncologist may use radioactive beams or implants to target the tumor. These treatments are highly effective for the vast majority of patients, but the specific approach that is best for an individual patient will vary.
To decide which types of thymoma treatment offer the most potential benefits for a specific patient, an oncologist will consider various factors, such as:
- The stage of the cancer (whether or not it has invaded other nearby structures)
- The size of the tumor
- The patient’s age and general health
- The patient’s response to previous treatments (if applicable)
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our multispecialty thymoma team will evaluate a patient’s unique situation to determine which treatments could have the most positive impact on his or her prognosis and quality of life. We offer some of the most innovative thymoma treatment options available, all in a single, convenient location. Not only do we utilize some of the newest, most powerful chemotherapy medications and most precise radiation therapy delivery methods, but we also have a surgical team that specializes in complex procedures of the lungs and chest. Additionally, as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moffitt has a robust and highly regarded clinical trials program, which provides our patients with access to promising thymoma treatment methods that aren’t yet available in other settings.