New findings on thymic epithelial tumors: Something is changing

Rossana Berardi, Francesca Morgese, Marina Chiara Garassino, Stefano Cascinu

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Thymic epithelial tumors (TETs) are uncommon neoplasms with a wide range of anatomical, clinical, histological and molecular malignant entities. To date the management of TETs within clinical practice is based on a multimodal therapeutic strategy including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy with a multidisciplinary approach and prognostic evaluation is mainly based on Masaoka staging and World Health Organization classification. Therefore novel strategies are needed, especially for refractory and/or recurrent TETs and for thymic carcinomas that present a poor prognosis. Personalized approaches are currely being developed and molecular targets are emerging from recent integrated genomic analyses. Targeted therapy will represent an important treatment option for TETs with an aggressive histology. To date, data indicate that vascular endothelial growth factor molecules, insulinlike growth factor 1 receptor, cyclin-dependent kinases and mammalian target of rapamycin may be potentially useful as targeted biological therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-98
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Journal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 10 2015


  • Programmed cell death-1
  • Targeted therapy
  • Thymic carcinoma
  • Thymic epithelial tumors
  • Thymoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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