Patient Comments: Thymoma - Treatment


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Comment from: emma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

My B2 thymoma was diagnosed after a chest x-ray, then CT scan and a biopsy. No symptoms apart from small bubbly sounds in the chest when I breathe. Initial treatment plan was removal by surgery. But after the PET scan just before the operation, doctors concluded the tumor was too big (19 cm) for surgical removal and have to use chemotherapy treatments to shrink the tumor first. I am now halfway of 6 treatments. I will have a CT scan next week to see if the tumor has shrunk.

Comment from: Lisa, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 05

Treatment for my thymoma was surgery. The tumor was removed 6 weeks ago through an incision of the sternum. There were microscopic cancer cells in the fatty tissues. Radiation is next. This will commence in 2 weeks’ time for a total of 5 weeks, 5 times per week. Wound has healed. I am feeling ok. Still taking medicines for pain. I am still unable to have full range movement of my left arm.

Comment from: kay, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

My thymoma was found on a CT scan of the chest. I had right side robotic surgery January 2019. It took 4 months for total recovery. Thymoma was staged 1a. Doctor suggested 6 rounds of radiation, but I refused after she described what radiation can do to me. I am having follow up CT scans with the first one in September.

Comment from: Nairn-ia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

My thymoma was diagnosed when I had a CTPA (CT pulmonary angiogram) scan, I was experiencing chest pain and breathlessness. I had VATS (video-assisted thoracoscopic¬†surgery) procedure. Recovery to feel normal was about 2 weeks, and I returned to work 2 months later. It is 18 months on and I am still experiencing problems, pneumonia twice, and currently investigating possible return. Not enough is known about this condition in my experience, worryingly one consultant has just told me that I shouldn’t have had it removed.

Comment from: Norma E, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I have had my thymus gland removed, due to thymoma. However, my doctor said it was in my best interest to proceed with radiation, just to cover my bases. I have a total of 25 treatments, and will be done in January. My biggest fear is of it returning aggressively. I have been off of work for 2 months, and returning to work at the end of the month. Surgery for me was painful but recovery is going well. I hope I was able help anyone in the same situation as myself.

Comment from: CAK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I had radiation only after a complete resection of my thymoma.

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

I had robotic surgery for thymoma. I had the surgery on Friday at about 3pm. I was out of the hospital Sunday morning. Tuesday, I went out for breakfast, shopping and made a big dinner. Everything went well.

Comment from: Tricia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I had a benign thymoma tumor when I was 25. It was discovered by accident during a routine exam. I had no symptoms whatsoever. It was removed surgically with no follow up treatment. Recovery was just a few days and I"ve had no trouble since.

Comment from: kingsway, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I am worried because my specialist is leaving me twelve months before I have my next scan because he thinks that my thymoma is benign. The thing is what if it isn’t. I have had two chest infections in the last 6 months and had to have antibiotics.


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