Update on the proposal for creating a guideline for cancer registration of the gastrointestinal tumors (I-2)

Eun Sun Jung, Yun Kyung Kang, Mee Yon Cho, Joon Mee Kim, Won Ae Lee, Hee Eun Lee, Sunhoo Park, Jin Hee Sohn, So Young Jin

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Background: Cancer registries play a fundamental role in cancer control and multicenter collaborative research. Recently, the need for reassessment of cancer registry criteria has arisen due to the newly released 2010 World Health Organization (WHO) classification. Accordingly, development of new coding guidelines for cancer is necessary to improve the quality of cancer registries, as well as to prevent conflicts that may arise when seeking medical insurance compensation. Methods: With funding from the Management Center for Health Promotion, 35 members of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Study Group and the Cancer Registration Committee of the Korean Society of Pathologists (KSP) participated in a second workshop for gastrointestinal tumor registration in Korea. Results: The topics of gastric epithelial tumor, colonic intramucosal carcinoma, neuroendocrine tumor (NET), gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and appendiceal mucinous tumor were discussed for new coding guidelines. A survey was then conducted among 208 members of the KSP for a consensus of the guidelines proposed in the workshop. Conclusions: Although a few issues were set aside for further discussion, such as coding for non-gastric GIST and some types of NET, the members agreed upon most of the proposed guidelines. Therefore, we suggest using the newly revised International Classification of Diseases for Oncology, 3rd edition (ICD-O-3) coding guidelines for registering gastrointestinal tumors in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-453
Number of pages11
JournalKorean Journal of Pathology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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