Title: Future of the TNM classification and staging system in head and neck cancer
Authors: Takes, Robert P ×
Rinaldo, Alessandra
Silver, Carl E
Piccirillo, Jay F
Haigentz, Missak
Suárez, Carlos
Vander Poorten, Vincent
Hermans, Robert
Rodrigo, Juan Pablo
Devaney, Kenneth O
Ferlito, Alfio #
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Publisher: J. Wiley
Series Title: Head & Neck vol:32 issue:12 pages:1693-1711
Abstract: Staging systems for cancer, including the most universally used TNM classification system, have been based almost exclusively on anatomic information. However, the question arises whether staging systems should be based on this information alone. Other parameters have been identified that should be considered for inclusion in classification systems like the TNM. This is all the more important, as a shift toward nonsurgical treatments for head and neck cancer has been made over the years. For these treatment modalities tumor/biologic characteristics next to anatomic information may be particularly important for treatment choice and outcome. The shortcomings of the current TNM classification system will be discussed, along with suggestions for improvement and expansion of the TNM system based on tumor, patient, and environment-related factors. Further improvement of the TNM classification is expected to result in better treatment choices, outcome and prognostication of patients with head and neck cancer. (c) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2010.
ISSN: 1043-3074
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Experimental Oto-rhino-laryngology
Head and Neck Oncology (+)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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