DAVID T. CARR, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The classification of human illnesses into categories called diagnoses and the estimation of the severity of the disease have always been important functions in the work of the physician. This is now particularly true in the rapidly developing field of medical oncology.
The measurement of the extent of a cancer and the classification of patients with cancer into groups with similar extent is called staging. The development of systems for staging cancer at each primary site is one of the purposes of the American Joint Committee for Cancer Staging and End Results Reporting, which was organized in 1959 by the
CARR DT. The Staging of Cancer. Ann Intern Med. ;85:254. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-2-254
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(2):254.
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