Thymoma and Thymic Carcinoma—Patient Version

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Thymomas and thymic carcinomas are rare tumors that form in cells on the thymus. Thymomas grow slowly and rarely spread beyond the thymus. Thymic carcinoma grows faster, often spreads to other parts of the body, and is harder to treat. Explore the links on this page to learn more about thymoma and thymic carcinoma treatment and clinical trials.

Causes & Prevention

NCI does not have PDQ evidence-based information about prevention of thymoma and thymic carcinoma.


NCI does not have PDQ evidence-based information about screening for thymoma and thymic carcinoma.

Coping with Cancer

The information in this section is meant to help you cope with the many issues and concerns that occur when you have cancer.

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