The American Joint Committee on Cancer’s Eighth Edition of the Cancer Staging Manual is now available—and in electronic format! The news was announced via NCRA’s Newsletter on September 20, 2018 and is posted on the AJCC website. You can also join discussions about the Eighth Edition on NCRA’s Facebook and Twitter sites.
The Eighth Edition presents evidence-based revisions for the staging of cancer for a number of organ sites. The chapters include the rationale and rules for staging; the definitions of tumor, lymph node involvement, and metastasis; stage groupings; and histologic grade. What’s really cool is that the electronic version also allows for highlighting, adding notes, bookmarks and creating flashcards.
AJCC eBook Offers Helpful Features
The Cancer Staging Manual eBook is available for order either through the AJCC webpage that links to Amazon or directly from Amazon. It is built on the Kindle platform but do not despair if you do not have a Kindle reader. The Kindle app is available for free download on Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac and PC and once you make your purchase, you can have the Manual on multiple devices! The eBook has the same look as the hard copy and includes all errata to the date of publication. In the future, any critical edits (edits that affect T, N, or M classification or Stage Group) will be available for download for all purchased eBooks at no additional charge.
A few of the great features of the eBook include:
- An interactive Table of Contents, which you will find in the left-hand margin. Simply scroll down to the section or chapter that you want to reference and click. It will open the manual to that section or chapter.
- Notebook tool for easy reference. You can set up Bookmarks for easy referral to pages that you visit often, as well as adding Notes within the manual. Your Bookmarks and Notes can be viewed by opening your Notebook in the right-hand margin. The Notebook includes the ability to filter so you can easily retrieve your Bookmarks or Notes. There is also a Highlight option; we found it a bit tedious, but it is available if you want to give it a try.
- Flashcard functionality. If you like using flashcards to study or use as crib notes or cheat sheets, flashcards can be developed using the option in the right-hand margin. They get stored in the deck or decks in the left-hand margin allowing you to develop your own decks!
It’s important to note that while there are other electronic resources in the market, some have not obtained the AJCC licensure to use the AJCC API. Vendors who do not use the licensed API product may not have accurate and up-to-date information as they have developed their own resource. The AJCC recommends that resources obtained outside of AJCC should be used with caution and verification of stage grouping. So to be safe, download the eBook from AJCC directly to ensure you have the most accurate reference.
The new AJCC eBook offers some bells and whistles compared to the hard copy of the Manual, but whichever format you prefer, both versions are available via the AJCC website.
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