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Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 1475–1477 | Cite as

2010 TNM Staging System for Cutaneous Melanoma…and Beyond

  • Jeffrey E. Gershenwald
  • Seng-jaw Soong
  • Charles M. Balch
  • On behalf of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Melanoma Staging Committee
Melanomas

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has partnered with the Annals of Surgical Oncology to publish a series of editorials that highlight revisions in staging criteria for major cancer types from the recently published 7th edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual.1 Cancer registrars nationwide will begin to use these updates when they take effect in January 2010. This editorial, which focuses on the melanoma staging system, is the first in a series designed to outline the revisions of specific staging systems for the Annals of Surgical Oncology readership.

2010 TNM Staging System for Cutaneous Melanoma

The AJCC 6th edition melanoma staging system was characterized by major revisions to cutaneous melanoma staging that was based on an evidence-based approach that used an international collaborative database developed exclusively for this purpose, and it has been widely adopted over the past 5 years.2On the basis of the success of this collaborative model, and in preparation...

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© Society of Surgical Oncology 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey E. Gershenwald
    • 1
  • Seng-jaw Soong
    • 2
  • Charles M. Balch
    • 3
  • On behalf of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Melanoma Staging Committee
  1. 1.Departments of Surgical Oncology and Cancer BiologyThe University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryJohns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsBaltimoreUSA

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