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On the Draft ICD-O-3.2

We would like to thank all registries and individuals for comments provided. Due to the large number of comments received, the review is still ongoing. The final versions of ICD-O-3.2 and Changes document will be ready in early 2019.

With best wishes for the end of the year holidays,

IACR Working Group for ICD-O Updates


The IARC/WHO ICD-O Committee has updated the currently recommended ICD-O-3.1 classification (pdf available from: ICD-O, with new morphology codes and terms from the 4th series of WHO Classification of Tumours (Blue Books). The new version, ICD-O-3.2, will be recommended for use from 2019. The IACR Working Group on ICD-O Updates2 has compiled a listing of additions, changes and revisions between ICD-O-3.1 and ICD-O-3.2 as a reference material for cancer registries.

1 Ian Cree, Robert Jakob, Brian Rous, Ariana Znaor

2 Atul Budukh, Jacques Ferlay, Keri Green, Tomohiro Matsuda, Brian Rous, Ariana Znaor

Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa

In time with the African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN)'s 2018 Annual Review Meeting held on Oct 8-10 in Entebbe, Uganda, IARC and AFCRN published Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa.

IARC Publication 167, 2018, includes the latest cancer data for the region. The Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa volume brings together population-based cancer incidence data from 25 cancer registries in 20 sub-Saharan African countries that are part of the African Cancer Registry Network. The compiled data in this volume, presented and commented upon by covered population and by anatomical site, are of tremendous value to the assessment of the pattern and evolution of cancer in Africa, as a means of elucidating, confirming, and evaluating causes of the disease.

IARC SURVCAN-3 Webinars Available


WEBINAR 1: Data Collection for Survival Studies: follow-up using passive and active methods (available in English and Spanish, click on link above to access)
WEBINAR 2: Data Collection for Survival Studies: data quality and assessment for survival analysis (available in English and Spanish)

Editorial tables with comments will be sent back in February - April 2018.

8th Edition TNM Classification Survey

The recently introduced UICC/AJCC 8th edition TNM classification includes numerous changes in head and neck cancer (HNC) staging. Some of the initial feedback suggests potential concerns and challenges in the adoption and implementation of the new classification for clinical care, research, and cancer registration.

In order to better appreciate issues relating to adoption of the new HNC staging classification, and to evaluate this experience from the user perspective, international HNC staging users and stakeholders are requested to participate in a survey. The survey population has been defined by identifying corresponding authors from recent publications (2017-2018) using a comprehensive Medline search of 3000 articles related to the clinical management of HNC.

The aim of the survey is to improve adoption of the current TNM edition, and guide the formulation and implementation of future updates. The Committee requests cancer registrars to participate in the 10-15 minute survey and would appreciate the valuable input by 30th October 2018.

 Access the TNM8 HNC Staging Survey

Best wishes,
Brian O’Sullivan (UICC) and William Lydiatt (AJCC)
Head and Neck Staging Committee Leaders

CanReg5 5.00.41 and Handbook

Download the latest version of CanReg5

The latest version of CanReg5 is 5.00.41, released in March 2017, a new version of the handbook on CanReg5 is also now available, view it here.

(For more information, about recent changes, please see the changelog.)

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