General Education

AJCC provides staging resources for the physician to support their care of patients.  


​8th Edition Staging Rules

In this resource​, the rules and associated rationale are for the 8th Edition AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. Note that these are general rules described in Chapter 1 of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. Please refer to relevant disease site chapters to learn more about specific allowable disease site differences to correctly stage such patients and that are necessary for the appropriate medical care of the patient. 

Patient Information Brochure​

The resources include a patient information brochure to discuss with your patients and their families the concept of cancer staging.  This brochure will provide some basic information your patients can take home.   

Staging Moments

Staging Moments​ are a facility-level educational series developed for use at Cancer Conferences (Tumor Boards) to promote physician discussion on proper and accurate cancer staging according to the AJCC rules.​​

​​​Stage Classifications c p yc yp.jpgTiming is Everything

Timing is the key to AJCC clinical and pathologic staging.  AJCC stage classification timeframes match the points in time in a patient’s care based on their treatment.  All patients undergoing diagnostic work-up for cancer are assigned clinical staging.  If the patient has surgical treatment, the managing physician assigns pathologic staging.  If the patient receives systemic or radiation therapy, the managing physician assigns posttherapy staging.

The graphic represents the patient care continuum with treatment choices and the resulting stage classifications.  The arrows indicate the starting and ending points for information included in that stage.