• does anyone know about Thymus Cancer. I have this tye but I have not been told what stage it is. How do I learn the stage I have?

    Asked by CJhouse on Sunday, August 5, 2012

    does anyone know about Thymus Cancer. I have this tye but I have not been told what stage it is. How do I learn the stage I have?

    I have a golf ball size tumer in my checs along with about 10 other tumors.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      After your Dr.s have more tests run, they will be able to determine the stage. They will look to see if it has spread to any other spots in your body, if it is in organs, blood, bone, etc. After thorough examination, they will tell you. I had an initial surgery done several years ago that they called a "staging" surgery. They visually looked in my abdomen to see what was going on. Now, with PET scans available, they may not do that anymore. Each case is different. Best of luck with your treatments!

      about 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
    • KendallHHC's Avatar

      I had Hodgkin's that is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which includes the thymus. The tumor originated on my thymus and I had to have it removed (not a big deal b/c we don't need that gland for much when we're older - it's more important for children and growth). As drummerboy said, they should run more tests. A full PET scan to see if they can find cancer anywhere else and likely a bone marrow biopsy to see if it's in your bones. There may be other tests, but I think those are the two main ones. After staging, they'll discuss treatment options with you. I found it was helpful to get a second opinion for treatment too, just to be sure. Can you ask your doctor what comes next? Did you just recently get the biopsy results?

      about 4 years ago
    • KStep1day@atym's Avatar

      I just joined the site, but I was wondering about your progress? Did you ever find out any more info about the staging of your cancer? I am a thymus gland survivor of five years,. I was recently re-diagnosed with four new tumors in my lung, and the pleural lining of my right lung. My doctors just recently told me the stage of my previous tumor from five years ago. I was told that it was a Stage IV/ A & B tumor. It was the size of a large cantaloupe, covering both my right lung and my heart. I am shocked that I was able to carry something that large around in my chest, and still be able to breathe. I agree with the others that your doctor(s) will be able to stage your tumor(s) as you proceed with your treatments. Best Wishes!

      over 3 years ago
    • Ruth1947's Avatar

      Is thymic cancer the same as thymus? My son and I are just now going through our journey with this and still haven't obtained any staging yet. Your comments are very informative and helpful. Anyone have any ideas for financial help for cancer, we live in houston. Really want to use M.D. Anderson but don't know where to begin.

      almost 2 years ago

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