Article Abstract

Changes to the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system for spine tumors—practice update

Authors: Peter S. Rose

Abstract

The American Joint Committee on Cancer recently released the 8th edition staging manual; this provides the staging system used at nearly all American cancer centers and many international centers. For the first time, this system separates out spine and pelvic tumors with a separate and distinct TNM classification. This practice update reviews these changes along with the rationale and data behind this change.