Radiotherapy for thymic neoplasms.

Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Journal of thoracic oncology: official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (Impact Factor: 5.8). 10/2010; 5(10 Suppl 4):S327-35. DOI: 10.1097/JTO.0b013e3181f20ec4
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT The role of radiotherapy in the treatment of thymoma and thymic carcinoma has been evaluated by many investigators over the past two decades. The low incidence of these neoplasms has limited most published studies to small series spanning long time intervals or population-based studies. The exact indications and protocols for the use of radiotherapy as a part of the multidisciplinary approach to thymoma and thymic carcinoma are still unclear. However, a review of recent literature shows potential benefits for certain patients based on stage and grade of disease as well as the extent of surgical resection.


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