What are the treatment guidelines for thymic carcinoid tumors?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Cameron K Tebbi, MD; Chief Editor: Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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NCCN recommendations include the following [103] :

  • Localized disease: Surgical resection

  • Locoregional disease: Reresection; if resection is incomplete, follow with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy

The NANETS guidelines include the following additional recommendations [108, 114] :

  • Locoregional disease: Surgical resection including mediastinal lymphadenectomy

  • Metastatic or unresectable disease: Options include radiation therapy, everolimus, interferon alpha, or temozolomide

The ESMO guidelines note that a protracted follow-up should always be performed after surgical resection because of the high rates of recurrence. For metastatic disease, although the available chemotherapy regimens have not demonstrated good effects, cisplatinum-based regimens have been of value and temozolomide-based treatment gives some benefit. [102]

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