Thymic Carcinoma

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Definition

Thymic carcinoma is a rare type of thymus gland cancer. It often spreads, has a high risk of recurrence, and has a poor survival rate. Thymic carcinoma is divided into subtypes, depending on the types of cells in which the cancer developed.

Diagnosis

The following tests may be done to diagnose thymic carcinoma: chest x-ray; CT scan; MRI; needle biopsy; mediastinoscopy; and thoracoscopy.

Treatment

The primary treatment for thymus tumours is surgery. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or a combination of both may also be utilized.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of thymic carcinoma include: chest pain; a persistent cough; shortness of breath; difficulty swallowing; hoarseness of the voice; and swelling of the neck due to the tumour pressing on blood vessels in the chest - this is known as superior vena cava obstruction (SVCO).

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