Proton Beam Therapy, Thymoma

Radiotherapy for thymoma

I gave a talk at MSKCC recently about a part of my job that I consider to be as much an art as it is a science – post-operative radiotherapy for thymoma. 

As our radiotherapy delivery gets more precise, the accuracy of the target becomes even more important. This ‘art’ comes from the expertise of the oncologist, thorough communication with the thoracic surgeon, and excellence in histopathology. MDT working at its best!

Thymomas are a rare cancer, but tend to occur in a younger age group, so the risks of secondary malignancy or radiation-associated heart disease need to be considered. My personal opinion is that proton beam therapy needs to be considered for every patient receiving adjuvant radiotherapy for thymoma. 

Thanks to ITMIG for always championing the cause of this underrepresented patient group. 


About James Wilson

Dr James Wilson is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at University College London Hospital and is an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL. He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.