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Thymoma and Thymic Cancer Expertise

Because thymus cancer is relatively rare, it is important that you seek out physicians with experience treating the disease. Thoracic oncology surgeons at Stanford Cancer Center perform a high annual volume of thymic and other mediastinal surgical procedures, giving them a distinct advantage over other medical centers in treating these types of tumors. Stanford’s medical oncology team has a particular focus in thymic malignancies and is actively involved in the International Thymic Malignancies Interest Group, along with running clinical trials in these diseases.

Thymoma and Thymic Cancer Program Highlights

  • Weekly multidisciplinary thoracic tumor board to review complex cases and develop optimal treatment plans
  • Advanced diagnostic capabilities, including combined staging/tumor assessment, PET-CT scan
  • Multidisciplinary treatment for locally advanced thymoma and thymic cancer
  • Surgical expertise, including physicians with extensive experience performing thymectomy (thymus removal) and minimally invasive thymic surgery for smaller tumors.  Complete resection is one of the most important determinants of cure and survival rates in patients with thymic tumors.  Our surgeons are experienced in all advanced resection and reconstruction techniques, including superior vena cava reconstruction, required to give the greatest chance of cure for thymic malignancies.
  • Clinical trials of potential new treatments for thymoma

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