Staging of head and neck cancers: Is it time to change the balance between the ideal and the practical?

Snehal G. Patel, William M. Lydiatt

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Abstract

The TNM system is a widely accepted prognostic system worldwide. Limitations in prognostic accuracy are recognized but have remained for fear the remedy would unnecessarily complicate the system. Understanding of the genetic and molecular mechanisms of cancer will allow the gap between the ideal and the practical prognostic system to be closed and the staging system drastically revised to a modular structure. Novel computational technology, which is reliable and reproducible, is likely to provide the basis for such a modular prognostic system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-657
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Volume97
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2008

Keywords

  • Forecasting
  • Models
  • Neoplasm staging/methods/standards/trends
  • Neural networks (computer)
  • Nomograms
  • Statistical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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