AJCC Cancer Staging Manual (6th Edition)
The AJCC Cancer Staging Manual and Handbook, prepared by the American Joint Committee on Cancer, are used by physicians and health care professionals throughout the world to facilitate the uniform description of neoplastic diseases. Proper classification and staging allow the physician to determine treatment more appropriately, evaluate results of management more reliably, and compare worldwide statistics reported from various institutions on a local, regional, and national basis more confidently. The fully revised and updated Sixth Edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual brings together all currently available information on staging of cancer at various anatomic sites and incorporates newly acquired knowledge on the etiology and pathology of cancer. As more is learned, cancer staging must adapt to accommodate new information and this revised edition provides an evidence-based staging system based upon the established tenets of TNM classification. All of the TNM staging information included in the Sixth Edition is uniform between the AJCC and the UICC (International Union Against Cancer). Organized by disease site into 48 comprehensive chapters, the Sixth Edition features much-anticipated, major revisions to the chapters on melanoma and breast cancer. Numerous new line drawings illustrate key anatomic sites throughout the text. Additional user-friendly enhancements include: * a concise summary of changes in the TNM classification since the previous edition at the start of every chapter * color-coordinated page tabs for easy access between chapters * a CD-ROM packaged with each Manual containing printable copies of each of the book’s 45 Staging Forms for both individual and institutional use * a comprehensive index The Sixth Edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual and Handbook remains the essential reference for oncologists, pathologists, surgeons, cancer registrars, and medical professionals worldwide to assure that all those taking care of cancer patients will be trained in the language of cancer staging
(American Joint Committee on Cancer) Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC. Facilitates the uniform description of neoplastic diseases. Brings together current data on staging of cancer at various anatomic sites and incorporates knowledge on the etiology and pathology of cancer. Organized by disease site. CD contains 45 staging forms. Softcover. DNLM: Neoplasm Staging.
essential for the oncologist and tumor registry, November 16, 2005
This is not the stuff of bedroom reading, but it does exactly what it should: it covers one of the central tasks of oncology completely.
Why not buy the handbook? The difference is mainly in the extras: more discussion, the free checklists, the electronic forms, and a larger more readable format. Personally I find staging a desk reference situation and I think the manual is better suited: I really cant imagine using a valuable pocket for the manual. (For the electronically interested various versions exist for PDA).
So whats in the book? Each anatomical site is introduced with a description of the changes from the 5th edition, the anatomy and regional lymphatics (where relevant) are described, and then the rules for staging are outlined. Summary tables, prognostic factors and a liberal reference section complete each site.
There are predone checklists, diagrams and ICD codes to help those setting up registries all of which come in electronic form as well.