New guidelines on the staging of paediatric cancers and the collection of key data on childhood cancers by population-based cancer registries have been published in The Lancet Oncology. The guidelines were developed by a panel of international experts and stakeholders during a meeting held at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
The meeting participants formalized a new set of guidelines – the Paediatric Non-Stage Prognosticator (NSP) Guidelines – to inform the collection of standardized information, which facilitates the interpretation and comparison of data on survival and mortality across regions and over time. The panel also reviewed and updated the 2014 Toronto Paediatric Cancer Stage Guidelines.
The new guidelines are for the collection of data relevant to the prognosis of patients diagnosed with 18 cancer types, which together represent the majority of cancers that occur in children younger than 15 years. They address inequalities in the availability of resources and differences in priorities for cancer registries across geographical areas.
Gupta S, Aitken J, Bartels U, Bhakta N, Bucurenci M, Brierley JD, et al.
Development of paediatric non-stage prognosticator guidelines for population-based cancer registries and updates to the 2014 Toronto Paediatric Cancer Stage Guidelines
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