Purposes and Principles of Cancer Staging

  • Carolyn C. Compton
  • David R. Byrd
  • Julio Garcia-Aguilar
  • Scott H. Kurtzman
  • Alexander Olawaiye
  • Mary Kay Washington
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Abstract

The extent or stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis is a key factor that defines prognosis and is a critical element in determining appropriate treatment based on the experience and outcomes of groups of prior patients with similar stage. In addition, accurate staging is necessary to evaluate the results of treatments and clinical trials, to facilitate the exchange and comparison of information among treatment centers, and to serve as a basis for clinical and translational cancer research. At a national and international level, the agreement on classifications of cancer cases provides a method of clearly conveying clinical experience to others without ambiguity.

Keywords

Lymphoma Estrogen Adenocarcinoma Sarcoma Assure 

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© American Joint Committee on Cancer 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn C. Compton
    • 1
  • David R. Byrd
    • 2
  • Julio Garcia-Aguilar
    • 3
  • Scott H. Kurtzman
    • 4
  • Alexander Olawaiye
    • 5
  • Mary Kay Washington
    • 6
  1. 1.Critical Path InstituteTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryWaterbury HospitalWaterburyUSA
  5. 5.Department of OB/GYN Division of Gynecologic Oncology Magee-Womens HospitalUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA
  6. 6.Gastrointestinal and Hepatic PathologyVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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