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Staging topic template at PathologyOutlines.com

Revised: 30 October 2019
Copyright: 2018-2019, PathologyOutlines.com, Inc.

    The goal of these staging topics is to provide a quick, easy to read reference for pTNM definitions with helpful relevant photos for pathologists. The AJCC should be reworded into a more readable / usable format.

    Example of a well written Staging topic: Ovary tumor

    Topic title: Pathologic TNM staging of ___ (AJCC 8th edition)

    Definition / general
    All carcinomas of the ___ are covered by this staging system. These topics are not covered:

    Essential features
    AJCC 7th edition staging was sunset on December 31, 2017; as of January 1, 2018, use of the 8th edition is mandatory

    Terminology

    ICD coding
    Include relevant ICD-10, ICD-11 and ICD-0 codes with associated diagnoses.

    Diagrams / tables

    Primary tumor (pT)
    pTX: cannot be assessed
    pT0: no evidence of primary tumor
    pTis:
    pT1:
    pT2:
    pT3:
    pT4:

    Notes:

    Regional lymph nodes (pN)
    pNX: cannot be assessed
    pN0: no regional lymph node metastasis
    pN1:
    pN2:
    pN3:

    Notes:
    Regional lymph nodes...

    Distant metastasis (pM)
    pM1:

    Notes:

    Prefixes
    y: preoperative radiotherapy or chemotherapy
    r: recurrent tumor stage

    AJCC prognostic stage groups
    Stage group 0: T N M
    Stage group I: T N M
    Stage group II: T N M
    Stage group IIA: T N M
    Stage group IIB: T N M
    Stage group IIC: T N M
    Stage group III: T N M
    Stage group IIIA: T N M
    Stage group IIIB: T N M
    Stage group IIIC: T N M
    Stage group IV: T N M


    Registry data collection variables

    Histologic grade (G)
    GX: cannot be assessed
    G1:
    G2:
    G3:

    Histopathologic type

    Gross images
    Image legends
    1. Caption under thumbnail: (pT)
    Figure legend when picture is opened: (pT)

    2. Caption under thumbnail: (pT)
    Figure legend when picture is opened: (pT)

    Microscopic (histologic) images
    Image legends
    1. Caption under thumbnail: (pT)
    Figure legend when picture is opened: (pT)

    2. Caption under thumbnail: (pT)
    Figure legend when picture is opened: (pT)

    Board Review Question(s)
    Prepare 2 board review style questions that highlight important content from this topic. If the topic describes a very rare entity, 1 question testing basic information is sufficient. If the topic describes a very common entity, 3 questions testing basic information are suggested. These are not actual questions from the Pathology boards but review questions written in a similar format. The questions should test basic, essential diagnostic concepts that all pathologists should know rather than minor details. The topic needs to contain all information relevant to correct and incorrect answers. The first question must contain an image of the entity followed by a multiple choice question, such as "Which of the following is true about XXX tumor/disease?" The image can be reused from the topic. Do not use the format "Which of the following is false?" Questions should have only one answer. Do not use responses "all of the above", "none of the above", "A and C", etc. This question will be part of our Board Review page so the reader may not know the topic with which it is associated. Therefore you must make the organ clear in the question and the diagnosis clear in the answer. The second question may have an image associated with it but an image is not required. Click here for examples.

    Board Review Answer(s)
    Answers to the Question(s) above, sorted alphabetically by the first letter in the answer.