Patient Comments: Thymoma - Diagnosis

Please describe how thymoma was diagnosed.

Comment from: ann, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had surgery for cervical cancer and developed pneumonia. X-ray showed a tumor grapefruit sized (larger than my size 9 gloved fist). The thymoma was removed and was determined to be cancerous. I had 6 multi-doses of chemotherapy. I developed myasthenia gravis (diagnosed by an ENT who watched a soap opera where a character had MG). I am still alive 30 plus years later.

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Comment from: Strudel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

Ten years ago after an x-ray for chest pain they discovered I had a calcified thymus which was benign so they decided to do nothing. Then 2 years ago I had oral thrush that would not respond to treatment, and my doctor thought there might be a link to the thymus and sent me for an x-ray and it showed that the thymoma had invaded my lungs, superior vena cava and phrenic nerve. It has since been removed and I had radiotherapy. I still have to take medication for oral thrush.

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Comment from: Barbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

After being diagnosed with myasthenia gravis I was given a CT scan, that's when they discovered the mass of thymoma.

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Comment from: LAMike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

My thymoma was found during a chest x-ray. I had red blood cell count so they did a bone marrow biopsy to see why the low count, which lead to a chest x-ray. I had my thymoma removed surgically in October 2013. After that I had 33 doses of proton radiation.

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Comment from: Narayanan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 19

I had breathing trouble and chest pain and was admitted to the hospital. On x-ray of the chest normal view and then lateral view, doctors said there is an anterior mediastinal widening and I also had bilateral pleural effusion in lungs which doctors started to tap out and was found to be hemorrhagic in nature and stopped tapping. The tapped pleural fluid sample was sent for pathology and was negative for malignancy. Then doctors suggested CT scan and diagnosed thymoma. Doctors planned for surgery but fitness was not available as platelet count was low since I was having CLD (chronic liver disease) portal hypertension. Suddenly the pleural effusion disappeared from the lungs on subsequent x-rays. Doctors, considering the risk in surgery, took a FNAC (fine-needle aspiration cytology) of the tumor and found a negative-for-malignancy result for the few cells obtained. Doctors put me in follow-up and now I am under monthly check-ups for any growth since discharge from hospital a month back. No breathing trouble as of now.

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Comment from: cg, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I have just been diagnosed with a thymoma. My grandmother had myasthenia gravis. I have no idea where it came from and I would like to know if it is cancer and what to do next. The heart specialist gave me a chest CT and I have heard no more. I just want to know if they are all cancer tumors. I guess not from what I am reading so I will just wait for the doctors to figure it out I guess. Depressing not to know what it is.

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