Surgical approach for thymic epithelial tumor

Yasushi Shintani, Soichiro Funaki, Naoko Ose, Takashi Kanou, Eriko Fukui, Masato Minami


Resection continues to be the mainstay treatment for thymic epithelial tumors (1,2), with complete removal of the tumor and involved organs the ultimate aim. As noted in the study by Carretta, the choice of surgical approach has a major role in determining treatment success, thus the optimal chosen method should provide adequate surgical view in order to achieve complete tumor resection.