Protocols and Guidelines


Cancer Protocols

The CAP Cancer Protocols provide consistent and meaningful information that enable health care professionals to manage and study clinical data necessary in improving patient care. Our Cancer Protocols are used by thousands of pathologists and other medical professionals to provide complete and uniform reporting of malignant tumors. Printable versions of the standards (in Word or PDF formats) are available for free.

CAP Guidelines

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Pathology and Laboratory Quality Center, along with our professional partners, advances the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine by bringing evidence-based guidelines and consensus recommendations to the forefront of clinical decision making. Adopting these guidelines helps pathologists and laboratory professionals to provide more effective testing with consistent, high-quality results, and expert interpretations.