January 1, 2018 is the new implementation date of the AJCC 8th
Edition for cancer data collection.
The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has been
working closely with all of its member organizations throughout the development
of the recently published 8th
Edition Cancer Staging Manual. The
coordination of the implementation for a new staging system is critically
important to ensure that all partners in patient care and cancer data
collection are working in synchrony.
In order to ensure
that the cancer care community has the necessary infrastructure in place for
documenting 8th Edition stage, the AJCC
Executive Committee, in dialogue with the National Cancer Institute (NCI-SEER),
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-NPCR), the College of American
Pathologists (CAP), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the
National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), and the Commission on Cancer (CoC), made the
decision to delay the implementation of the 8th Edition Cancer Staging System
to January 1, 2018.
Clinicians will continue to use the latest information for
patient care, including scientific content of the 8th Edition Manual. All newly diagnosed cases through December
31st, 2017 should be staged with the 7th edition. The time extension will allow all partners to
develop and update protocols and guidelines and for software vendors to
develop, test, and deploy their products in time for the data collection and
implementation of the 8th edition in 2018.
The AJCC is working together with all of its members as well
as software vendors to make this transition as smooth as possible for the
oncology community. More communication
will follow from the AJCC and the member organizations over the coming weeks. Please visit this page for regular updates on
the project, and share this link with your constituents: bit.ly/AJCCimplementation.