Thymoma Diagnosis

Accurate diagnosis is essential to choosing the best treatment for your type and stage of thymoma. Most thymomas are found when patients go to a doctor because of breathing problems and other symptoms. Initial diagnostic tests include:

  • Medical history and physical exam
  • X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Echocardiogram
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Blood tests
  • Tumor sampling using needle biopsies, endoscopic biopsies, or open surgery

Fox Chase radiologists and pathologists specializing in lung cancer review all available diagnostic tests in order to make an informed diagnosis. If thymoma is diagnosed, Fox Chase specialists will also conduct pulmonary function tests to see how well the lungs are working and whether you are a good candidate for additional procedures such as surgery.