Cancer Protocols
and the AJCC 8th edition
Cancer Staging Manual


The College of American Pathologists (CAP) commends the decision of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) to delay the 8th Edition Cancer Staging System implementation until January 1, 2018.

This new implementation date allows the CAP to update the CAP Cancer Protocols and CAP electronic checklists (eCC) to reflect the AJCC 8th Edition Cancer Staging System by the end of the second quarter 2017. This pre-release of the CAP content will allow pathologists and end-users time to update and test their cancer reporting systems prior to the implementation date of January 1, 2018.

"In order to ensure that the cancer care community has the necessary infrastructure in place for documenting 8th Edition stage, the AJCC Executive Committee, in dialogue with the National Cancer Institute (NCI-SEER), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), and the Commission on Cancer (CoC), made the decision to delay the implementation of the 8th Edition Cancer Staging System to January 1, 2018.

All newly diagnosed cases through December 31, 2017 should be staged with the 7th edition."
From the AJCC website