Thymoma and thymic tumors originate from the thymus gland, which is located in the upper anterior portion of the chest.  These tumors can be slow-growing or locally aggressive.

What are the symptoms of thymoma and thymic tumors?

Symptoms of thymoma and thymic tumors can mimic other conditions; see your primary care physician if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Cough

How are thymoma and thymic tumors diagnosed?

These tumors are most commonly identified on either a chest X-ray or on computed tomography, or CT scan.  Sometimes these lesions are found incidentally.  

Your physician will, based on the appearance of these lesions, recommend for you the best option for determining a definitive diagnosis.

How are thymoma and thymic tumors treated?

At Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care, tumors of the thymus are approached in a multidisciplinary method. Treatment may include a combination of surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.

Your physician can help determine the best treatment for you.

Valley offers comprehensive care for thymoma and thymic tumors through its Lung Cancer Center. This care includes surgical expertise in the management of thymoma.