A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine compared people who had their thymus removed with those who retained it and found that those without a thymus had nearly three times the all-cause mortality rate and twice the risk of cancer. The thymus plays a critical role in maintaining immune health and preventing cancer in adults.
Kameron A. Kooshesh, M.D., Brody H. Foy, D.Phil., David B. Sykes, M.D., Ph.D., Karin Gustafsson, Ph.D., and David T. Scadden, M.D.
August 3, 2023
N Engl J Med 2023; 389:406-417