Types and Goals of Treatment for Thymus Cancer
Different types of treatment have different goals. These are the different treatments for thymus cancer and their goals. You may have more than one of these treatments.
Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs. Its goal is to kill cancer cells and reduce the chance that the cancer will spread to other parts of the body. Doctors may give chemotherapy either before, after, or in place of surgery. They may also use it to treat the cancer if it has spread to other parts of the body.
Follow-up exams are an important part of treatment for thymus cancer. You will need tests and exams to monitor your health. Follow-up tests may include chest X-rays, CT (computed tomography) scans, and blood tests. Sometimes your doctor may order other imaging tests as well.
Researchers continue to test new medicines and treatments in clinical trials for thymus cancer. If you would like to participate in a clinical trial, ask your doctor if there are any for which you may qualify.