8th Edition AJCC Cancer Staging Completed

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) recently celebrated the completion of the 8th edition of its Cancer Staging Manual.

AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, 8th EditionThe AJCC Cancer Staging Manual defines an international language for oncology. Created with and adopted by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the AJCC-UICC TNM Cancer Classifications enables communication between eye cancer care providers all over the world. The manual brings together all currently available information on staging of cancer, and incorporates newly acquired knowledge on cancer etiology and pathology.

The AJCC Cancer Staging Manual:

  • Enables communication within the local health care team.
  • Makes patient education more effective.
  • Improves clinical and patient-related decision making.
  • Allows for quality measurements.
  • Improves clinical research.

On September 9, a meeting was held at the American College of Surgeons headquarters in Chicago, Illinois to celebrate the completion and publication of the Manual. It was the culmination of a 5-year effort to create the best possible evidence-based cancer classification system.

Dr. Finger at AJCC Meeting
Paul T. Finger MD (Chairman of The Eye Cancer Foundation), Mahul B. Amin MD (Editor-in-Chief of the AJCC) and David R. Byrd MD (Chairman of the AJCC)

Paul T. Finger, MD attended the meeting, representing the 54 Ophthalmic Oncology Task Force (OOTF) members who volunteered countless hours toward making the best possible, consensus-based eye cancer staging system. As Chair of the OOTF, Dr. Finger was primarily responsible to the AJCC for eight chapters submitted for publication.

“This is a unique text that offers the best possible consensus of medical fact and opinion, and most importantly it has been generated by a broad representation of our subspecialty,” Dr. Finger said. “We covered all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of eye cancer. Everyone who cares for patients with eye cancer should read this book.”

The AJCC is comprised of 20 members including the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and other organizations focused on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The 8th edition AJCC staging manual is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Members of the Ophthalmic Sites Expert Panel

Daniel M. Albert, MD, MS

Anush G. Amiryan, MD

Claudia Auw-Hädrich, MD

Diane Baker, CTR

Raymond Barnhill, MD, MSc

José M. Caminal, MD, PhD

William L. Carroll, MD

Nathalie Cassoux, MD, PhD

Jaume Catalá-Mora, MD

Guillermo Chantada, MD

Patricia Chévez-Barrios, MD

R. Max Conway, MD, PhD, FRANZCO

Sarah E. Coupland, MBBS, PhD – Vice Chair

Bertil E. Damato, MD, PhD

Hakan Demirci, MD

Laurence G. Desjardins, MD

François Doz, MD, MSc

Jonathan J. Dutton, MD, PhD, FACS

Bita Esmaeli, MD, FACS

Paul T. Finger, MD, FACS – Chair

Brenda L. Gallie, MD, FACSC

Gerardo F. Graue, MD

Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD – CAP

Steffen Heegaard, MD

Leonard M. Holbach, MD

Santosh G. Honavar, MD, FACS

Martine J. Jager, MD, PhD

Tero Kivelä, MD, FEBO

Emma Kujala, MD

Livia Lumbroso-Le Rouic, MD

Ashwin C. Mallipatna, MBBS, MS, DNB

Giulio M. Modorati, MD

Francis L. Munier, MD

Timothy G. Murray, MD, MBA, FACS

Anna C. Pavlick, MS, DO

Jacob Pe’er, MD

David E. Pelayes, MD, PhD

Gaelle Pierron

Victor G. Prieto, MD, PhD

Manuel Jorge Rodrigues, MD

Svetlana Saakyan, MD

Wolfgang A.G. Sauerwein, MD, PhD

Ekaterina Semenova, MD

Stefan Seregard, MD

Carol Shields, MD

E. Rand Simpson, MD, FRCS(C)

Arun D. Singh, MD

Shigenobu Suzuki, MD, PhD

Mary Kay Washington, MD, PhD

Valerie A. White, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

Michelle Williams, MD

Matthew W. Wilson, MD, FACS

Christian W. Wittekind, MD – UICC

Vivian Yin, MD, MPH, FRCSC

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