American Joint Committee on Cancer

American Joint Committee On Cancer

American Joint Committee on Cancer

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The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) is an organization best known for defining and popularizing cancer staging standards, officially the AJCC staging system.

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) was established in 1959 to formulate and publish systems of classification of cancer, including staging and end results reporting, which will be acceptable to and used by the medical profession for selecting the most effective treatment, determining prognosis, and continuing evaluation of cancer control measures.

The AJCC is composed of six founding organizations, four sponsoring organizations, and eleven liaison organizations. Membership is reserved for those organizations whose missions or goals are consistent with or complementary to those of the AJCC. These organizations generally demonstrate involvement or activity in one or more of the following areas: cancer epidemiology, patient care, cancer control, cancer registration, professional education, research, and biostatistics. Organizations that comprise the sponsoring membership category support the AJCC through the provision of substantial financial resources, either direct or in-kind. These organizations include:

   * American Cancer Society
   * American College of Surgeons
   * American Society of Clinical Oncology
   * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
   * National Cancer Institute
   * College of American Pathologists


The objectives of the AJCC are to:

  1. Facilitate a timely and rigorous,......

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