What is thymus cancer?

The thymus is a small organ in the front part of the chest under the breastbone. During development, the thymus makes a type of white blood cells called T-lymphocytes, which are important to the immune system. Thymus cancer is caused by epithelial cells in the outer surface of the thymus growing rapidly and abnormally.

Thymus cancer treatment

There are several different treatment options for thymus cancer. The Baylor Scott & White Health cancer care team will be able to answer any questions about the treatment plans. In some cases, multiple treatments can work together to help you heal.

Your treatment plan will be determined by your care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of thymus cancer, and personal preferences. Thymus cancer treatment options may include:

Specialized center for thymus cancer care

The Lung and Esophageal Cancer Research and Treatment Center at Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas is the only program of its kind in North Texas. The specialists at the cancer center in Dallas use advanced techniques to provide expert care for thymus cancer.