Cancer affecting the thymus gland (which sits behind the breast bone) is rare.
- Thymomas tend to affect those who are between 40-60 years of age, however it is not exclusive to this age group. Thymomas generally grow slowly and are not cancerous but in some cases can spread, most commonly to the chest area
- Thymic carcinomas affect people of any age. They are cancerous, grow quickly and can spread to other parts of the body. However this form is particularly rare
Things to look out for
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- A prolonged and ongoing cough
- Trouble and/or discomfort when swallowing
- Changes to your voice, such as hoarseness
- Pain in the chest
- Neck swelling
These symptoms can be related to other medical conditions but, due to the nature of cancer, it is important you speak to your doctor/consultant if you experience any of these symptoms.