ThymicUK and The International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group
(ITMIG) are launching the world’s first Thymic Cancer Awareness
Month; May 2022.
Thymic cancers are extremely rare, making up just 0.09% of new cancer
diagnoses in the UK each year.
can be limited knowledge of these diseases, few treatment options and
few specialists who understand them” says Karen Ruddock, founder
and chair of ThymicUK – a charity providing support for thymic
cancer patients and advocating for better treatments and research.
aim of the Thymic Cancer Awareness Month is to change this”, she
awareness month is a joint initiative of ThymicUK and ITMIG.
is the leading organisation for the advancement of clinical and basic
science of thymic malignancies and related conditions.
awareness months will include:
webinars for patients
webinars for doctors
social media messages
interviews with mediastinal disease experts
will also be publishing patient stories, awareness materials,
fundraising stories, as well as advice and resources for patients,
family, friends and carers.
and ThymicUK have put together a leaflet and infographic which
outline some key information about these rare diseases: What thymic
cancers are, common symptoms and how they are diagnosed and treated.
“The leaflet is designed to be a resource for patients, health care
professionals and members of the public, to increase their
understanding of thymic cancers and help improve the outcomes of
patients, now and in the future”, added Ruddock.
more information, health care professionals, researchers and patients
can visit the ITMIG (www.itmig.org)
and ThymicUK (www.thymicuk.org)