thymoma surgery

Surgery is the most common treatment for early-stage thymoma, a type of cancer that begins in the thymus. Located under the breastbone (sternum), the thymus is a small organ which forms part of the lymph system and helps white blood cells develop. It shrinks in adults and can be safely removed without causing any long-term problem.

 

The most common type of surgery for thymoma is a median sternotomy, where the breastbone is split and the thymoma and surrounding tissue are removed. Mr Scarci performs most of these operations using a minimally invasive technique with only three small incisions.

 

In later-stage thymoma an operation to reduce the size of the tumour as much as possible may provide some relief of symptoms, even if the entire thymoma cannot be removed. Surgery may include removal of the lung lining or a portion of the lung if the thymoma has spread.

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thymoma surgery

Surgery is the most common treatment for early-stage thymoma, a type of cancer that begins in the thymus. Located under the breastbone (sternum), the thymus is a small organ which forms part of the lymph system and helps white blood cells develop. It shrinks in adults and can be safely removed without causing any long-term problem.

 

The most common type of surgery for thymoma is a median sternotomy, where the breastbone is split and the thymoma and surrounding tissue are removed. Mr Scarci performs most of these operations using a minimally invasive technique with only three small incisions.

 

In later-stage thymoma an operation to reduce the size of the tumour as much as possible may provide some relief of symptoms, even if the entire thymoma cannot be removed. Surgery may include removal of the lung lining or a portion of the lung if the thymoma has spread.