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I’ve Just Been Told I Have Thymus Cancer

Few things are scarier than being told you have cancer. You may feel like you’re in shock. You may not even want to believe what the doctor has told you. There are probably so many questions you want to ask that you don’t know where to start.

First of all, it’s OK to be overwhelmed. And it’s OK to feel afraid. But you shouldn’t let those feelings stop you from finding out as much as you can about thymus cancer and about the options you have. The more you know, the less helpless and afraid you will feel. And the more you know, the better you will be able to work with your health care team to make the best choices for your treatment.

To decide the best course of treatment, your doctor needs to know as much as possible about you and the cancer. This will involve getting a variety of tests and working with more than one health care professional.

For example, your health care team may include a doctor who specializes in cancer, called a medical oncologist, and an oncology nurse. You may also see cancer specialists with different areas of expertise, such as a radiation oncologist or a surgeon, or both. The team will answer all your questions and guide you through each of the steps that you’ll take before, during, and after treatment. Your team will let you know what tests are being done and what the results mean. They’ll help you in making treatment decisions. Remember, you can always ask for a second opinion to ensure you feel comfortable with your plan.

Many thymus cancers can be cured, especially if they are found in the early stages. Later stage tumors can also be treated successfully. People with thymus cancer now have more treatment choices than ever before. There is more hope for survival and doctors continue to find new ways to help those diagnosed. There is more being learned about this type of cancer, its prevention, detection, and treatment every day.