JOURNAL ARTICLE

Ex situ resection of primary cardiac tumors

A Hoffmeier, H H Scheld, T D T Tjan, M Schneider, S Kerber, C Schmidt, C Schmid
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon 2003, 51 (2): 99-101
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The prognosis of malignant heart tumors is pessimistic; 50% of patients die within 6 months. No optimal therapy has been established, and standardized therapeutic concepts have not been developed due to the low incidence of this disease. In most cases, chemotherapy and radiotherapy have not shown any survival benefit compared to surgical treatment. Obviously, radical resection of the tumor is the most important determinant for long-term survival. Here, we report on two patients in whom radical resection of heart tumors could be accomplished only after explantation of the heart.

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