Clinical characteristics and outcomes for patients with thymic carcinoma evaluation of Masaoka staging
We describe the clinical features of a large series of patients with thymic carcinoma in North America. The Masaoka staging system effectively prognosticated OS and RFS. Patients with stage IVb LN-only disease had significantly better OS as compared with patients with distant metastasis with a subset of patients sustaining long-term RFS with multimodality therapy. If validated, these data would support a revised staging system with subclassification of stage IVb disease into two groups.