Symptoms and Causes of Thymus Cancer

Symptoms and Causes of Thymus Cancer

Symptoms and Causes of Thymus Cancer

The following symptoms may be caused by thymoma, thymic carcinoma, or other conditions.

  • A cough that doesnt go away.
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing

Sometimes thymoma and thymic carcinoma do not cause symptoms. Cancer may be found during a routine chest x-ray or CT scan done for some other reason.

Patients diagnosed with thymoma often have other diseases (autoimmune diseases). These diseases cause the immune system to attack healthy tissue and organs. They include:

  • Myasthenia gravis.
  • Acquired pure red cell aplasia.
  • Hypogammaglobulinemia.
  • Polymyositis.
  • Lupus erythematosus.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Thyroiditis.
  • Sjogren syndrome.

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Myasthenia Gravis

People with thymoma often have other diseases of their immune system, most commonly myasthenia gravis. Myasthenia gravis is a chronic disorder causing a weakening of the muscles. Symptoms include muscle weakness because antibodies block the chemical signal connecting the nerve and muscle. Read More.


Thymoma Cancer Surgery

Thymoma is a tumor originating from the thymus gland. It is an uncommon tumor, best known for its association. Read More...

Diagnosis of Thymus Cancer

The following tests and procedures may be used: Physical exam and history, Chest x-ray, CT scan (CAT scan) etc. Read More...

Treatment options for Thymom

The following tests and procedures may be used: Physical exam and history, Chest x-ray, CT scan (CAT scan) etc. Read More...