Collaborative Stage Transition Newsletter
March 21, 2014
This is a communication update from organizations within the cancer surveillance community to share with their members and other constituents. It addresses the processes and ongoing efforts to coordinate and effectively transition from the Collaborative Staging v2 system to use of the AJCC TNM staging standard with related biomarkers and prognostic factors. Shortly after the decision was made to transition from Collaborative Stage, a CS Transition Group was formed as an information sharing and planning forum. This group brings together the four data collection agencies/organizations (Statistics Canada/Canadian Council of Cancer Registries, CDC/NPCR, NCI/SEER and CoC), the agency responsible for staging rules (AJCC), the cancer surveillance umbrella organization (NAACCR) and the organization representing cancer registry professionals (NCRA). The CS Transition Group provides a collaborative opportunity to identify the issues involved in the transition and to share the tasks involved in developing best practices for both the overall surveillance community and the individual agencies/organizations in addressing this change.
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