New AJCC guidance brings melanoma staging changes

Source: MD Edge, February 2017

WAILEA, HAWAII – The Eighth Edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer Staging Manual includes significant changes in how melanoma is classified.

The manual has already been published and is available for purchase. However, its implementation will be delayed until Jan. 1, 2018, to give physicians, software vendors, and all other interested parties time to get up to speed. All cancers newly diagnosed through Dec. 31, 2017 should be staged in accord with the seventh edition, released in 2010.

“That’s good news. You have a whole year to become familiar with the changes,” Michael A. Marchetti, MD, observed at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar provided by Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Education Foundation.

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