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People with thymoma may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, people with thymoma do not show any of these symptoms. Or, these symptoms may be caused by a medical condition that is not cancer. If you are concerned about a symptom or sign on this list, please talk to your doctor.
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- Muscle weakness
- Drooping eyelids
- Double vision
- Arm or facial swelling
- Difficulty swallowing
- Anemia (low red blood cell count)
- Frequent infections
Your doctor will ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing to help find out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis. This may include how long you've been experiencing the symptom(s) and how often.
If cancer is diagnosed, relieving symptoms and side effects remains an important part of cancer care and treatment. This may also be called symptom management, palliative care, or supportive care. Be sure to talk with your health care team about symptoms you experience, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.