IASLC Staging Articles
- Extrapleural pneumonectomy has been well defined; however, surgeons vary regarding the surgical extent and goals of “pleurectomy/decortication” (P/D). We explored mesothelioma surgeons' concepts of P/D with the aim of unifying surgical nomenclature.
- To define the anatomic extent of visceral pleural invasion (VPI) and to assess whether elastic stains are useful to determine VPI in lung cancer. The elastic layer of the visceral pleura is not mentioned in the current International Union Against Cancer or American Joint Committee on Cancer staging documents.
- The seventh edition of the TNM Classification of Malignant Tumors is due to be published early in 2009. In preparation for this, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer established its Lung Cancer Staging Project in 1998. The recommendations of this committee for changes to the T, N, and M descriptors have been published. This report contains the proposals for the new stage groupings.