Thymoma & Other Thymic Tumors: Follow-Up Care & Survivorship

In our Survivorship Center, we describe the support services available to you and your family during and after the treatment process.

Follow-up Care

After treatment for a thymoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering, many people fare well. However, some remain at risk for developing recurrences years later. Because of this possibility, continued follow-up is very important. We see most patients once or twice each year for a follow-up exam to watch for signs of a recurrence so it can be treated right away.

We offer a range of programs to help you care for yourself after your treatment ends.

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Our physical and occupational therapists can help you restore function, increase mobility, and improve quality of life following surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

Our physical therapists are available to evaluate you and generate an individualized treatment and exercise plan to help you maximize strength, coordination, balance, and other functions.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center

Our Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling sessions to help patients and their families address the problems they may encounter in adjusting to life during and after treatment.

Resources for Life After Cancer

The Resources for Life After Cancer program provides a full range of educational support services, including individual and family counseling, periodic lectures or workshops to provide medical updates, and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues.

Integrative Medicine Service

Our Integrative Medicine Service complements mainstream medical care by addressing the physical and emotional symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment. We offer a number of therapies including various types of massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, visualization and other mind-body therapies, music therapy, and nutritional counseling, as well as classes such as yoga, tai chi, and chair aerobics.

Help for Older Patients

A diagnosis of cancer is difficult at any age, but older patients face unique challenges. Memorial Sloan Kettering is committed to providing patients aged 65 and older with the treatment, facilities, and support they need. Learn more about help for older patients.

Our multidisciplinary geriatric team includes physicians, clinical nurse specialists, social workers, nutrition experts, and psychiatrists, as well as members of the Palliative Medicine Service and the Integrative Medicine Service. The team provides a number of programs focusing on the needs of older people with cancer.