The Revised FIGO Staging of Cervical Cancer (2018): Implications for India and the LMICs

  • Neerja BhatlaEmail author
  • Shalini Rajaram
  • Amita Maheshwari
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  1. Controversies to Consensus : Recent advances

Staging systems are integral to the practice of oncology. In the case of gynaecologic cancers, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) first initiated the staging of cervical cancer in 1928. It was finally completed in 1958, and FIGO thus became the first organisation in the world to describe staging [1]. Staging classifications of other gynaecologic organs were described thereafter by FIGO. The International Union for Cancer Control (UICC) and the American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) described staging systems thereafter, but in the case of gynaecologic cancers, they continue to align the TNM classifications with the FIGO staging.

The most important function of a good staging classification is to discriminate survival differences as the stage advances. As a corollary, this correlates with prognosis and is used to plan the best management strategy. Using a uniform staging system is a fundamental prerequisite for comparison of epidemiology and outcomes...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neerja Bhatla
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shalini Rajaram
    • 2
  • Amita Maheshwari
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyUniversity College of Medical SciencesDelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Gynaecologic OncologyTata Memorial CentreMumbaiIndia

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