CSN Login
Members Online: 14

enlarged thymus gland

straussu's picture
Posts: 21
Joined: Dec 2007

I had a total thyroidectomy 15 years ago. I had a lumpectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy 3 years ago for breast cancer. 2 years ago I had I-131 to treat a recurrence of my thyroid cancer. As a follow up, I had a PET scan last week. All looked normal except my doctor said my thymus gland was enlarged compared to the PET scan from the year before. She said that no follow up was needed and not to worry, but what does this mean? Has anyone else experienced this?

Posts: 1
Joined: Mar 2008


I had a similiar situation several years ago. I am a 15 yr. pap thyca survivor and had one recurrence. After 2 scans that showed a mass in my upper chest my surgeon went in to remove it and it ended up benign hyperplastic thymus gland. It was such a relief but very scary thinking it was cancer before the surgery. They told me after the fact that sometimes the RAI will cause the thymus gland to enlarge. Ask your doc if it could be from the RAI. Good luck to you...God bless, Tiffany

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2015 © Cancer Survivors Network