Abbreviations:MIT (Minimally invasive thymectomy), MST (Median sternotomy thymectomy), TETs (Thymic epithelial tumors), RI (Resection index), PSM (Propensity-score matched), AJCC (American Joint Committee on Cancer), UICC (Union for International Cancer Control), IASLC (International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer), FFR (Freedom from recurrence), OS (Overall survival), WHO (World Health Organization), VATS (Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery), ITMIG (International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group), NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network), NCDB (National Cancer Data Base), JART (Japanese Association for Research on the Thymus), ChART (Chinese Alliance for Research in Thymomas), SD (Standard deviation), CI (Confidence interval), IQR (Interquartile range), TC (Thymic carcinoma), NETT (Neuroendocrine thymic tumor)
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All the authors have completed their ICMJE forms and no conflict of interests.
Funding: The authors report grants from ‘Graded treatment of advanced thymoma under the guidance of multi-dimensional histology’ (YJXT20190104), during the conduct of the study.
Zhitao Gu: Conceptualization, Methodology, Validation, Formal analysis, Writing- Original draft preparation
Xiuxiu Hao: Conceptualization, Methodology, Validation, Formal analysis, Writing- Original draft preparation
Yuan Liu: Software, Formal analysis
Ning Xu: Investigation, Data curation
Xuefei Zhang: Investigation, Data curation
Bofei Li: Software, Formal analysis, Visualization
Teng Mao: Resources, Investigation
Wentao Fang: Conceptualization, Methodology, Resources, Supervision, Funding acquisition, Writing-Reviewing and Editing.