Evaluation of the 7th UICC TNM staging system of gastric cancer

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Abstract

Since January of 2010, the seventh edition of UICC tumor node metastasis (TNM) Classification, which has recently been revised, has been applied to almost all cases of malignant tumors. Compared to previous editions, the merits and demerits of the current revisions were analyzed. Many revisions have been made for criteria for the classification of lymph nodes. In particular, all the cases in whom the number of lymph nodes is more than 7 were classified as N3 without being differentiated. Therefore, the coverage of the N3 was broad. Owing to this, there was no consistency in predicting the prognosis of the N3 group. By determining the positive cases to a distant metastasis as TNM stage IV, the discrepancy in the TNM stage IV compared to the sixth edition was resolved. In regard to the classification system for an esophagogastric (EG) junction carcinoma, it was declared that cases of an invasion to the EG junction should follow the classification system for esophageal cancer. A review of clinical cases reported from Asian patients suggests that it would be more appropriate to follow the previous editions of the classification system for gastric cancer. In addition, in the classification of the TNM stages in the overall cases, the discrepancy in the prognosis between the different stages and the consistency in the prognosis between the same TNM stages were achieved to a lesser extent as compared to that previously. Accordingly, further revisions are needed to develop a purposive classification method where the prognosis can be predicted specifically to each variable and the mode of the overall classification can be simplified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-85
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Gastric Cancer
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011 Dec 1

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Stomach Neoplasms
Neoplasm Metastasis
Neoplasms
Esophagogastric Junction
Lymph Nodes
Esophageal Neoplasms
Carcinoma

Keywords

  • Lymphnodes
  • Neoplasm staging
  • Stomach neoplasms

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In: Journal of Gastric Cancer, Vol. 11, No. 2, 01.12.2011, p. 78-85.

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