In order to establish an appropriate treatment for thymic carcinoma, clinical courses of 15 patients with type C thymoma of WHO classification were reviewed. Five-years survival rate in all patients was 37.6%. In cases underwent complete resection, survival was 48.5%. The induction chemotherapy was done in 7 cases, and complete resection was possible in all these cases, suggested the possibility of improving the survival by the induction therapy. Upper mediastinal lymph node dissection each performed in 9 cases, and they showed significantly better survival than those without lymph node dissection. In conclusion, we have found that induction chemoradiotherapy and complete tumor resection with lymphnode dissection would contribute to improvement of the results in treatment for thymic carcinoma.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 2002 Oct|