On Thursday, April 3rd,
the Editorial Board, Expert Panel Chairs and Vice Chairs for the AJCC
Cancer Staging System met in Chicago to discuss plans for the 8th
Edition. Editor-in-Chief Mahul B. Amin, MD, FCAP presented his vision for the
project to the group, which focuses on integration of molecular biomarkers for
more accurate disease stratification and inclusion of all cancer specialties in
the authoring process.
Chief among the
orientation presentations was the Cancer Staging Content Transformation Project
(CSCoT) - a content harmonization initiative by the AJCC to further enhance
usability of the staging system by providing clearer staging rules and references
for the 8th Edition and all future editions. The afternoon session
focused on the Editorial Board Cores that will provide support for content
harmonization, levels of evidence, integration of precision medicine, and data
collection. The group capped off the day with a breakout session focusing on
how AJCC can integrate personalized medicine into the TNM staging system.
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