Thymic carcinoma successfully resected with superior vena cava after chemoradiotherapy.

Y. Shintani, M. Ohta, K. Hazama, S. Miyoshi, K. Kagisaki, H. Matsuda

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A 57-year-old woman hospitalized for thymic cancer invading the superior vena cava and left brachiocephalic vein evidenced both pleural and pericardial effusion. After chemotherapy with cisplatin and docetaxel and concurrent radiotherapy, the entire tumor was successfully resected along with the pericardium, superior vena cava, and left brachiocephalic vein, followed by vascular reconstruction. Pathologically, viable tumor cells were identified only in the center of the tumor as anaplastic cell carcinoma. Induction chemoradiotherapy thus appears useful in enabling complete resection of advanced thymic carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-721
Number of pages5
JournalThe Japanese journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery : official publication of the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery = Nihon Kyōbu Geka Gakkai zasshi
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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