Thymoma refers to cancer that develops on the outside surface of the thymus, a small organ that produces T cells for the immune system. It is a rare condition linked to a range of autoimmune diseases including myasthenia gravis, which is marked by abnormal weakness of certain muscles. Patients suffering from thymoma typically manifest bothersome symptoms including anaemia (caused by low red blood cell count), double vision, pressure in the chest, frequent infections, and fatigue.
Because it is a rare condition, there aren’t a lot of hospitals and physicians around the world with enough experience and expertise in treating thymoma. If treatment is not locally available, patients have the option to travel abroad where specialist care can be had at a very reasonable cost. Some of the best destinations these days are Southeast Asia’s medical tourism hubs, namely Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Medical tourism is one of the strongest industries of Southeast Asia’s key countries attracting hundreds of thousands of medical travellers every year. As the number of medical visitors continues to grow, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand invest more and more in their medical infrastructure to further improve the quality of healthcare they provide.
Cancer care is one of the major specialties of Singapore and Thailand, which both boast a number of Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals with dedicated oncology centres. These are fully equipped with the same advanced technologies as hospitals in Western countries so patients are assured of accurate diagnosis. In these hospitals, thymoma is diagnosed using computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan, positron emission tomography (PET) scan, biopsy, chamberlain procedure, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
JCI-hospitals in Thailand and Singapore also offer patients with a complete range of treatment options depending on their age, general health condition, and the stage of cancer. These options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. When needed, supportive care is also provided by teams of medical professionals who have special skills, experience, and knowledge in supporting cancer patients. They are committed to ensuring that the patient is physically comfortable and free from pain as much as possible.