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CAP and IARC Collaborate to Enhance Cancer Reporting

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen the collaboration on their respective resources that are used in cancer classification, reporting, and, ultimately, patient care.

The WHO Classification of Tumours Series (also known as the “WHO Blue Books”) for the histological and molecular classification of tumors and the CAP Cancer Protocols are essential resources in the classification and reporting of cancer cases.

As part of the MOU, IARC allows the CAP to use the classification structure of the WHO Blue Books in the Cancer Protocols and electronic Cancer Checklists (eCCs). Timely access to this content is critical to ensure that pathologists have the most up-to-date content when reporting on cancer cases. The Cancer Protocols and associated eCCs provide guidelines for collecting the essential data elements for complete reporting of malignant tumors and optimal patient care.