The staging of colorectal cancer: 2004 and beyond

Carolyn C. Compton, Frederick L. Greene

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Stage is the strongest predictor of survival for patients with colorectal cancer. Accurate staging also is critical for appropriate patient management and meaningful clinical research. Uniform staging criteria applied in a uniform manner are essential for accurate evaluation of therapies and outcomes. Historically, numerous different staging systems for colorectal cancer have been employed, but a single internationally recognized system is required to ensure a common language for cancer that is understood by clinicians in all specialties. For the tumor, node, metastasis system to remain relevant, it has to continuously undergo critical evaluation and change when clinically indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-308
Number of pages14
JournalCa-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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