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Journal of Thoracic Oncology:
doi: 10.1097/JTO.0000000000000017
IASLC Staging Committee Article

The IASLC/ITMIG Thymic Malignancies Staging Project: Development of a Stage Classification for Thymic Malignancies

Detterbeck, Frank C. MD*; Asamura, Hisao MD; Crowley, John PhD; Falkson, Conrad MBChB§; Giaccone, Giuseppe MD; Giroux, Dori MS; Huang, James MD; Kim, Jhingook MD#; Kondo, Kazuya MD**; Lucchi, Marco MD††; Marino, Mirella MD‡‡; Marom, Edith M. MD§§; Nicholson, Andrew MD‖‖; Okumura, Meinoshin MD¶¶; Ruffini, Enrico MD##; van Schil, Paul MD***; Stratton, Kelly MS; on behalf of the Staging and Prognostic Factors Committee; Members of the Advisory Boards; Participating Institutions of the Thymic Domain

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The lack of an official-stage classification system for thymic malignancies is an issue that hampers progress in this rare disease. A collaborative effort by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the International Thymic Malignancies Interest Group is underway to develop proposals for such a system. A database of more than 10,000 cases worldwide has been assembled to provide a solid basis for analysis. This report outlines the structure of the effort and the process that has been designed.

Copyright © 2013 by the European Lung Cancer Conference and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.


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