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