Posted On 2021-01-05 10:24:44


This series on “Thymoma” is edited by Dr. Dragana Jovanovic, from Thoracic Oncology and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine Clinic “Akta Medica”, Belgrade, Serbia; and Dr. Semra Bilaceroglu, from Department. of Pulmonology, University of Health Sciences, Dr. Suat Seren Training and Research Hospital for Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Izmir, Turkey.

This series focusing on thymoma presents up-to- date and extensive reviews spanning from the epidemiology to the genetics and biology and to the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. Similar to other rare tumors, thymoma has been largely understudied for years. However, in the last few years there has been significant research performed particularly in the field of molecular biology of these tumors. Several important and novel advancements in genetics and molecular biology are discussed in two chapters of this series. Furthermore, the principles of current care including all novelties regarding diagnostic and treatment modalities are provided in several other chapters.

Editorial on Thymoma
Revealing the mysteries of thymoma

Original Article on Thymoma
The role of postoperative radiotherapy for thymomas: a multicentric retrospective evaluation from three Italian centers and review of the literature
Alessio Bruni, Alessandro Stefani, Marco Perna, Paolo Borghetti, Niccolò Giaj Levra, Elisa D’Angelo, Alessandra D’Onofrio, Laura Rubino, Luca Frassinelli, Viola Salvestrini, Matteo Mariotti, Filippo Alongi, Alessandro Gonfiotti, Lorenzo Livi, Vieri Scotti

Review Article on Thymoma
Epidemiology of thymoma
Anna L. Rich

Genomic alterations in thymoma—molecular pathogenesis?
Felicitas Oberndorfer, Leonhard Müllauer

Pathology of thymoma—where are we today?
Irshad Nabi Soomro

Comparison of PD-L1 immunohistochemical assays and the significance of PD-L1 expression in thymoma
Shintaro Yokoyama, Hiroaki Miyoshi

Correlation of genomic alterations and PD-L1 expression in thymoma
Dragana Jovanovic, Jelena Markovic, Vesna Ceriman, Jelena Peric, Sonja Pavlovic, Ivan Soldatovic

Autoimmune disorders and paraneoplastic syndromes in thymoma
Torsten Gerriet Blum, Daniel Misch, Jens Kollmeier, Sebastian Thiel, Torsten T. Bauer

The role of radiological imaging for masses in the prevascular mediastinum in clinical practice
Helmut Prosch, Sebastian Röhrich, Zeynep Nilufer Tekin, Lukas Ebner

How to obtain adequate biopsy specımen in suspected thymic tumors
Semra Bilaçeroğlu

Classification and staging of thymoma
Till Markowiak, Hans-Stefan Hofmann, Michael Ried

When to suspect a thymoma: clinical point of view
Fabrizio Minervini, Gregor J. Kocher

Surgical treatment strategies for invasive thymoma
Soichiro Funaki, Yasushi Shintani, Eriko Fukui, Ryu Kanzaki, Takashi Kanou, Naoko Ose, Masato Minami, Meinoshin Okumura

Multimodality approach in treatment of thymic tumors
Akif Turna, İsmail Sarbay

Immunotherapy for thymoma
Marko Jakopovic, Lela Bitar, Fran Seiwerth, Ante Marusic, Kristina Krpina, Miroslav Samarzija

*Published in Vol 12, No 12 (December 2020): Journal of Thoracic Disease