Protocol for the examination of specimens from patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumor

Rubin, B. P., Blanke, C. D., Demetri, G. D., Dematteo, R. P., Fletcher, C. D., Goldblum, J. R., Lasota, J., Lazar, A., Maki, R. G., Miettinen, M., Noffsinger, A., Washington, M. K., Krausz, T., Cancer Committee, College of American Pathologists (February 2010) Protocol for the examination of specimens from patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumor. Arch Pathol Lab Med, 134 (2). pp. 165-70. ISSN 1543-2165 (Electronic)0003-9985 (Linking)

DOI: 10.1043/1543-2165-134.2.165


The College of American Pathologists offers these protocols to assist pathologists in providing clinically useful and relevant information when reporting results of surgical specimen examinations. The College regards the reporting elements in the “Surgical Pathology Cancer Case Summary (Checklist)” portion of the protocols as essential elements of the pathology report. However, the manner in which these elements are reported is at the discretion of each specific pathologist, taking into account clinician preferences, institutional policies, and individual practice. The College developed these protocols as an educational tool to assist pathologists in the useful reporting of relevant information. It did not issue the protocols for use in litigation, reimbursement, or other contexts. Nevertheless, the College recognizes that the protocols might be used by hospitals, attorneys, payers, and others. Indeed, effective January 1, 2004, the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons mandated the use of the checklist elements of the protocols as part of its Cancer Program Standards for Approved Cancer Programs. Therefore, it becomes even more important for pathologists to familiarize themselves with these documents. At the same time, the College cautions that use of the protocols other than for their intended educational purpose may involve additional considerations that are beyond the scope of these documents.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors/*pathology/surgery Humans Immunohistochemistry Neoplasm Metastasis Neoplasm Staging Risk Assessment
Subjects: diseases & disorders > cancer > cancer types > gastrointestinal stromal tumors
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Communities: CSHL labs > Maki lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: February 2010
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 20:18
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 20:18
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