AJCC 7th Edition Staging Rules Adopted for Uveal Melanoma


In a recent article in the journal Brachytherapy, The American Brachytherapy Society’s Ophthalmic Oncology Task Force adopted the AJCC staging rules for melanoma of the uvea.

"[The] AJCC uveal melanoma T-staging system has been shown to predict metastasis in more than 7000 cases...the use of tumor, node, and metastasis staging brings ophthalmic oncology into the mainstream of general oncology. Clearly, universal staging promotes multicenter cooperation and data analysis."

Cancer staging rules published in the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, 7th Edition were made effective for all cancer cases diagnosed on or after January 1, 2010.  

Paul T. Finger, MD, New York University, chaired the AJCC Ophthalmic Expert Panel for the 7th Edition, and will serve as Chair for the 8th Edition.  Sarah Coupland, MBBS, PhD, Royal Liverpool University, will serve as Vice Chair.  

The 8th Edition is scheduled for release in Fall 2016.

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