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An Overview of the Thymus

When it comes to the thymus we usually are dealing with thymomas, myasthenia gravis and on the rare occassion thymic cancer. But actually the thymus plays a very important role...

The thymus gland will not function throughout a full lifetime, but it has a big responsibility when it’s active—helping the body protect itself against autoimmunity, which occurs when the immune system turns against itself. Therefore, the thymus plays a vital role in the lymphatic system (your body’s defense network) andendocrine system.

Before birth and throughout childhood, the thymus is instrumental in the production and maturation of T-lymphocytes or T cells, a specific type of white…

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 An Overview of the Thymus

The thymus is special in that, unlike most organs, it is at its largest in children. Once you reach puberty, the thymus starts to slowly shrink and become replaced by fat. By age 75, the thymus is little more than fatty tissue. Fortunately, the thymus produces all of your T cells by the time you reach puberty.

Foundation for Thymic Cancer Research

To support patients with thymic cancer by fostering research and awareness of this aggressive, difficult-to-treat, and little-understood disease.

German-French Society for Thymus Therapy

The Society attempts to make thymus and cell factors better known among therapists and patients by explaining their positive effects.

Thymic Disorders Program

The Thymic Disorders Program in the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Thoracic Surgery provides expert treatment for complex thymic disorders.

Walter, my thymoma tumor

Walter is the name of my thymoma tumor that was living in me for an unknown time. This is a blog to tell that story of God’s provision and the wonderful family and friends that are taking good care of me.

About 30% of people with thymoma also have a condition called myasthenia gravis. Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder caused by antibodies or T-cells that attack molecules, cells, or tissues of the person producing them.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Thymus gland cancer is cancer that starts in the thymus gland. This information is about two types of thymus gland cancer, called thymoma and thymic carcinoma.

National Cancer Institute

Thymoma is linked with myasthenia gravis and other autoimmune diseases.

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