Management of thymomas.

Division of Thoracic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Blake 1570, Boston, MA 02114, USA.
Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology (Impact Factor: 4.05). 03/2008; 65(2):109-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2007.04.005
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ABSTRACT Thymoma is a rare neoplasm usually with an indolent growth pattern, however, local invasion and/or metastases may occur. The association with several paraneoplastic syndromes, especially myasthenia gravis, is noteworthy. Surgery has been the standard of care for early stage disease with high cure rates anticipated. The most important prognostic factors after resection are Masaoka stage, World Health Organization (WHO) histology, complete resection status and size. Multimodality therapy can result in long-term disease-free survival for patients presenting with locally advanced disease. Thymomas are sensitive to both chemotherapy and radiation therapy and are utilized with good effects in unresectable patients.

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    ABSTRACT: Backgrounds Thymic carcinomas are very rare tumors that are often associated with extrathoracic metastasis to other organs. However, it is well known that thymic carcinomas rarely metastasize to the spine, and the prognosis, treatment, and natural course of this disease are not yet standardized. Methods We describe seven thymic carcinoma patients with spinal metastasis who were diagnosed and treated in our institute from January 2006 to December 2011. We performed surgical treatment and adjuvant chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, in consideration of each individual disease's course, and we regularly followed up the patients. Results Of the seven patients, five were male and two were female. Six had metastases in the thoracic spine, and one had metastases in the lumbar spine. An extradural lesion was found in five patients, and two patients had both extradural and intradural lesions. The period from the primary diagnosis to spinal metastases varied widely (range, 1.23-14 years). After surgery, all patients showed an improvement of back pain and radicular pain. Two patients were lost to follow-up, but the other five maintained ambulatory function until their final follow-up. Four patients died because of pulmonary complications accompanied with the disease's progression. One patient died from uncontrolled brain metastases. After surgery, the median survival was 204±111.43 days. Conclusion Because metastasis to the spine from thymic carcinoma is very rare, there are no treatment guidelines. Nevertheless, we suggest that appropriate surgical management of the metastatic lesion is necessary for the preservation of the patient's quality of life during survival.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Thymoma is the most common tumor of the anterior mediastinum. Surgery is mainstay of treatment, with adjuvant radiation recommended for invasive thymoma. Because of rarity, prospective randomized trials may not be feasible even in multicentric settings hence the best possible evidence can be large series. Till date Thymoma has not been studied in Indian settings. Materials and methods: All patients presenting to Thoracic disease management group at our Centre during 2006-2011 were screened. Sixty two patients' with histo-pathological confirmation of thymoma medical records could be retrieved and are presented in this study. Mosaoka staging and WHO classification was used. The clinical, therapeutic factors and follow up parameters were recorded and survival was calculated. Effects of prognostic factors were compared. Results: Sixty two patients were identified (36M, 26F; age 22-84, median 51.5 years) and majorities (57%) of thymoma were stage I-II. WHO pathological subtype B was most common 30 (49%). Mean tumor size was smaller in patients with myasthenia (5.3cm) than the entire group (7.6cm). Neoadjuvant therapy was offered to five unresectable stages III or IV a patient's with 40% resectability rates. Median overall survival was 60 months (Inter quartile-range 3-44 months) with overall survival rate (OS) at three year being 90%. Resectable tumors had better outcomes (94%) than non resectable (81%) at three years. Mosaoka Stage was the only significant (P = 0.03) prognostic factor on multivariate analysis. Conclusion: This is first thymoma series from India with large number of patients where staging is an important prognostic factor and surgery is the mainstay of therapy. In Indian context aggressive multimodality treatment should be offered to advanced stage patients and which yields good survival rates and comparable.
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    ABSTRACT: Thymomas account for up to 50 % of anterior mediastinal neoplasms with an incidence of 0.13 per 100,000 person-years in the USA. Thymic carcinoma is a rare malignancy of the thymus gland distinguished from thymomas as it has a more invasive and metastasizing potential conferring poor prognosis. Due to the rarity of thymic carcinoma and the great variety of its histological subtypes, there is no solid evidence on optimal staging, imaging and treatment guidelines. Herein, we systematically review the literature on current clinical practice with regard to diagnostic evaluation, histopathological assessment, management and treatment of squamous thymic carcinoma.
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