The Executive Committee of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has named Mahul B. Amin, MD, FCAP, Editor-in-Chief of the upcoming eighth edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. Dr. Amin is chairman and professor of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. He is a national and international expert and consultant on tumors of the genitourinary tract, including the prostate, urinary bladder, kidney, and testis, and served on the Executive Committee of the AJCC from 2003 to 2011. Programs of the AJCC, founded in 1959, are administered by the American College of Surgeons.
Physicians and health care professionals worldwide use the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual to facilitate the uniform description of neoplastic diseases. The manual contains evidence-based criteria for the staging of cancer for a number of anatomic disease sites, which includes the rationale and rules for staging; the definitions of tumor, lymph node involvement, and metastasis; stage groupings; and histologic grade.
The eighth edition of the Cancer Staging Manual—which is expected to be published in late 2015 for patients diagnosed with cancer after January 2016—will incorporate advances made in cancer research, staging, diagnosis, and treatment since the seventh edition was published in October 2009. For more information, view the press release. At http://www.facs.org/news/2013/ajcc-editor-amin0513.html.