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Published online: 2012-11-01
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Entire hemithorax irradiation for Masaoka stage IVa thymomas

André Soares, Luís Vasco Louro, Marta Almeida, Olga Sousa
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2012.05.004
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2012;17(6):384-388.

open access

Vol 17, No 6 (2012)
Case reports
Published online: 2012-11-01
Submitted: 2012-01-09

Abstract

Thymomas are rare neoplasms that have an indolent growth with a preferentially intra-thoracic dissemination pattern. Surgery is currently the standard treatment of thymomas; however radiotherapy is often used in an adjuvant setting due to a high sensitivity of these tumors to such treatment. Postoperative entire hemithoracic irradiation has been used in selected Masaoka stage IVa cases after complete surgical excision of metastatic lesions.

In the present article, the authors report three cases of Masaoka stage IVa thymoma that underwent entire hemithorax irradiation after surgical excision of metastatic lesions. The first two patients presented as stage IVa thymomas. The third case consisted of a pleural recurrence of a thymoma.

Hemithoracic irradiation with low doses has been used by different authors; the available data shows that it is a well-tolerated treatment that could potentially lead to better loco-regional control and increased overall survival.

Abstract

Thymomas are rare neoplasms that have an indolent growth with a preferentially intra-thoracic dissemination pattern. Surgery is currently the standard treatment of thymomas; however radiotherapy is often used in an adjuvant setting due to a high sensitivity of these tumors to such treatment. Postoperative entire hemithoracic irradiation has been used in selected Masaoka stage IVa cases after complete surgical excision of metastatic lesions.

In the present article, the authors report three cases of Masaoka stage IVa thymoma that underwent entire hemithorax irradiation after surgical excision of metastatic lesions. The first two patients presented as stage IVa thymomas. The third case consisted of a pleural recurrence of a thymoma.

Hemithoracic irradiation with low doses has been used by different authors; the available data shows that it is a well-tolerated treatment that could potentially lead to better loco-regional control and increased overall survival.

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Keywords

Thymoma; Stage IVa; Hemithoracic; Radiotherapy

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Title

Entire hemithorax irradiation for Masaoka stage IVa thymomas

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 17, No 6 (2012)

Pages

384-388

Published online

2012-11-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2012.05.004

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2012;17(6):384-388.

Keywords

Thymoma
Stage IVa
Hemithoracic
Radiotherapy

Authors

André Soares
Luís Vasco Louro
Marta Almeida
Olga Sousa

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