Volume 10 - Issue 7 - July 2002

Of fering a more accurate way of classifying cutaneous melanoma and providing optimal treatment, a new melanoma staging system is making its way onto the scene. The system, the first since 1997, from the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), was published this May in the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, Sixth Edition. Official implementation of the new system will take place on Jan. 1, 2003. You need to understand the new tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) system to accurately stage tumors and offer patients the most appropriate course of treatment. This article provides details of the system, hi