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Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pathology
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12th International Conference on Pediatric Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
March 15-16, 2017 London, UK

R A Miller
Texas Medical Center, USA
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Clin Exp Pathol
DOI: 10.4172/2161-0681.C1.032
Abstract
The AJCC Cancer Staging Manual updates are scheduled to be published on or before October 31, 2016 and will be effective as of January 1, 2017. With regard to lung cancer staging, more emphasis will be placed on tumor size in the 8th edition in order to better stratify patient prognosis. Additional changes in the upcoming addition include factors such as diaphragm invasion, tumor distance from the main stem bronchus, concomitant atelectasis/pneumonitis, changes in nodal status, and changes in the metastatic category. Although therapeutic changes are not anticipated, the new addition is anticipated to place patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer into better prognostic categories. As such, as a practicing pathologist, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of lung cancer staging. The intent of this lecture will be to touch on the AJCC 8th edition updates and to discuss the rationale behind the various changes. Additionally, challenges will be discussed with regard to staging patients, such as appropriately determining tumor size, appropriate categorization of lung adenocarcinoma, and determining synchronous primaries versus metastatic lesions.
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