Title
The Masaoka-Koga stage classification for thymic malignancies : clarification and definition of terms The Masaoka-Koga stage classification for thymic malignancies : clarification and definition of terms
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Hagerstown, Md :Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Journal of thoracic oncology / International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer [Aurora, Colo.] - Hagerstown, Md, 2006, currens
Volume/pages
6(2011) :7:S3 , p. S1710-S1716
ISSN
1556-0864
ISI
000292277900005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
No official stage classification for thymic malignancies has been defined by the Union Internationale Contre le Cancer and the American Joint Commission on Cancer. The International Thymic Malignancy Interest group (ITMIG) has selected the Masaoka system1 with the modification proposed by Koga et al.2 as the one that will be used, 3 until a scientifically validated system is defined in the next edition of the international tumor staging manuals in 2017. However, there are details of the Masaoka and Koga classifications that have never been defined clearly. This article addresses this issue to achieve consistency in terms from this point forward for ITMIG initiatives. We hope that this standard will be adopted by all researchers because it will enhance collaboration and definition of a better classification system in the future.
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