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Effects of Thymectomy in Human Oncogenesis

  • Angelos E. Papatestas

Abstract

The function of the thymus in the immunologic interactions between tumors and the host remains obscure, but ample experimental and clinical evidence indicates that both the presence of thymic abnormalities and the removal of the thymus have a crucial role in the development of extrathymic tumors. Thymic pathology is often present in diseases with increased risk of neoplasia, while following experimental thymectomy there is a marked alteration in the growth of neoplasms. Of considerable interest, because of the potential for clinical application, are the reports indicating that thymectomy may have an inhibitory effect on the development of neoplasms.

Keywords

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Mammary Tumor Neoplastic Growth Thymic Tumor Mount Sinai Medical 
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