In a recent article in the journal Brachytherapy, The American Brachytherapy Society’s
Ophthalmic Oncology Task Force adopted the AJCC staging rules for melanoma of
"[The] AJCC uveal
melanoma T-staging system has been shown to predict metastasis in more than
7000 cases...the use of tumor, node, and metastasis staging brings ophthalmic
oncology into the mainstream of general oncology. Clearly, universal staging
promotes multicenter cooperation and data analysis."
Cancer staging rules
published in the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, 7th Edition were made effective
for all cancer cases diagnosed on or after January 1, 2010.
Paul T. Finger, MD, New
York University, chaired the AJCC Ophthalmic Expert Panel for the 7th Edition,
and will serve as Chair for the 8th Edition. Sarah Coupland, MBBS, PhD,
Royal Liverpool University, will serve as Vice Chair.
The 8th Edition is
scheduled for release in Fall 2016.
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