Thymoma is treated within GWCC’s Neuro Oncology Program. Thymoma is a tumor originating from the epithelial cells of the thymus. Thymoma is an uncommon tumor, best known for its association with the neuromuscular disorder myasthenia gravis; thymoma is found in 20% of patients with myasthenia gravis. Once diagnosed, thymomas may be removed surgically.

Thymoma is treated within the GW Head and Neck Cancer Program & Neuro Oncology Program

  • Minimally Invasive Treatment Options
  • A multidisciplinary team of head and neck specialists at the GW Cancer Center works to develop a treatment plan based on the cancer’s location and stage. Patients may receive minimally invasive laser surgery, open surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. Treatment is individualized while following established national guidelines.

Head and Neck Cancer Program & Neuro Oncology Program Information

Transoral robotic-assisted surgery (TORS)

Transoral robotic-assisted surgery (TORS) is available for some conditions of the head and neck, including select cancers.  During transoral procedures, a surgeon operates through the patient’s mouth instead of long incision through the throat and jaw, avoiding facial disfigurement and a tracheotomy. In the case of robotic-assisted transoral procedures, the surgeon has the benefit of 3-D visualization as the camera gets close to the surgical field. 

Conditions which are now being treated with transoral robotic-assisted surgery include:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and swallowing therapists
  • Certified Lymphedema therapists

The da Vinci® Surgical System

Surgeons at GW Hospital use the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform robotic gynecologic surgeries for endometriosis, hysterectomy and myomectomy. Benefits of robotic surgery include fewer complications, less pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries.

Head and Neck Cancer Program Providers

Specialty: Neurosurgery
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