Successful Retreatment With ADOC Chemotherapy in Relapsed Thymic Carcinoma: Experiences in Two Cases

Yayoi Nomura, Tomonobu Koizumi, Akihiro Kitaguchi, Toshimichi Horiuchi, Shintarou Kanda, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Masayuki Hanaoka, Keishi Kubo


The optimal second-line chemotherapeutic regimen for thymic carcinoma remains uncertain and predictive factors for the response have not been identified. We encountered two cases of relapsed thymic carcinoma with recurrence 1.5 and 8 years after initial response to cisplatin/doxorubicin/vincristine/cyclophosphamide (ADOC) chemotherapy. Both cases were successfully retreated with ADOC. Our observations suggest that relapsed thymic carcinoma occurring a long treatment-free time from the initial response may be sensitive to the previous chemotherapy. We described two cases of relapsed thymic carcinoma successfully retreated with ADOC chemotherapy. Both patients had partial response to initial ADOC and long disease free times.

World J Oncol. 2012;3(1):33-36


Thymic cancer; Sensitive relapse; Chemotherapy

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