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About TNM Online
Welcome to the online home of TNM. TNM Online is an indispensable tool for all oncologists and other professionals who usethe TNM classification system in the diagnosis, staging, treatment, and prognosis of patients with cancer. This resourceoffers essential, regularly updated information from the following renowned International Union Against Cancer (UICC) publications in an intuitive, fully searchable online format:
Sobin and Wittekind, TNM Classification of Malignant Tumours, 7th edition
Wittekind, TNM Supplement: A Commentary on Uniform Use, 3rd edition
Gospodarowicz et al., Prognostic Factors in Cancer, 3rd edition
TNM Classification of Malignant Tumours
TNM Classificationis the internationally accepted system for classification and staging all forms cancer. TNM classification is considered the most significant prognostic factor for cancer. The TNM system is used to numerically describe the anatomical extent of cancer and is based on three components: T , extent of the primary tumour; N , absence or presence of the disease into the lymph nodes; M , absence or presence of distant metastasis. The numerical staging aids oncologists in planning treatment, and evaluating treatment results as well as indicating prognosis. TNM Classification also facilitates the exchange of information between treatment centers and contributes to the continuing investigation of human cancer. TNM is the globally recognized system for defining the proliferation of the disease in patients. Most cancer patients are staged when diagnosed with the disease.
Prognostic Factors in Cancer
Examines the issues surrounding prognosis in general and more specifically in cancer patients, including accuracy of measurement of prognosis, the methodology of studying and classifying prognostic factors and the application of prognostic factors in clinical decision-making in the treatment of cancer. Provides site-specific or tumour-specific neoplasms and the prognostic factors associated with them. Illustrates the scope of the field as it stands today and provides perspective on likely outcomes of neoplastic disease for all physicians and others in the care of patients with cancer.
TNM Supplement: A Commentary on Uniform Use
Extends and clarifies the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) TNM Classification of Malignant Tumours, providing additional data that unify the principles and practice of cancer staging. The TNM Supplement promotes the uniform application of the TNM classification in cancer practice. Although precise, some definitions of TNM categories may not be sufficiently detailed to cover all situations. This can lead to inconsistent application of the classification system, which is the antithesis of staging and undermines accurate assessment of prognosis. The TNM Supplement provides explanations and examples to answer many questions that might arise during the daily use of TNM, particularly in unusual cases. It enumerates the recommended criteria for pathological classification (pT and pN) and contains proposed classifications for new tumour sites and types not yet part of the official UICC TNM system.