Resectable Vs Unresectable Cancer
In general terms:
- Almost all stage I and II thymoma
- Most stage III thymoma
- Even some stage IV thymomas are potentially resectable, but there are exceptions.
Resectability is based on whether the tumor appears to have grown into nearby tissues or spread to distant sites, as well as on whether or not a person is healthy enough to have surgery.
- Surgery offers the best chance for long-term survival for these patients.
- This typically includes removal of the entire thymus and, depending on the extent of the disease, maybe parts of nearby organs or blood vessels as well.
- Unresectable cancers are those that cannot be removed with surgery.
- This group includes cancers that have spread too far to be removed completely (which includes many stage III and most stage IV cancers), as well as cancers in people who are too ill for surgery.
Recurrent thymus cancer
- When cancer comes back after treatment it is called recurrent.
- Recurrence can be local or distant spread to liver or bone.