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Datasets and Tissue Pathways

The College's Standards and Datasets for Histopathology Reporting on Cancers and Tissue Pathways have been written to help pathologists work towards a consistent approach for the reporting of the more common cancers and to define the range of acceptable practice in handling pathology specimens.

The table below provides links to the cancer dataset documents and to the 'tissue pathways' for non-malignant diseases for each site.

NICE has accredited the process used by The Royal College of Pathologists to produce its Cancer Datasets and Tissue Pathways guidance. Accreditation is valid for five years from July 2012 and is retrospectively applicable to documents produced using the processes described in our 2012 guidelines for writing datasets and tissue pathways. All guidance produced following the accredited process bears the NICE accreditation mark. More information on accreditation can be viewed at www.nice.org.uk/accreditation

Click for more information on datasets, tissue pathways and the Working Group on Cancer Services, including guidance for authors.

Cancer datasets Tissue pathways

General introduction (Aug 2008)

Breast (Oct 2005)

Breast (Apr 2009)

Bone and soft tissue
Primary bone tumours (Apr 2010)
Soft tissue sarcomas (Mar 2014) New button

Bone and soft tissue
Bone and soft tissue specimens (Feb 2011)

Cardiovascular system

Cardiovascular system (Oct 2008)

Cytopathology

Cytopathology
Exfoliative cytology and FNA cytology (Jan 2010)

Central nervous system, including the pituitary gland (Apr 2011)

Nervous system and muscle
Non-neoplastic neuropathology specimens (Nov 2010)

Endocrine system
Adult adrenal gland (Jan 2012)
Parathyroid (Oct 2010)
Thyroid (Feb 2014) New button
Gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumours (Sep 2012)

Endocrine system (Jan 2012)

Eye
Retinoblastoma (Dec 2010)
Conjunctival melanoma (Oct 2007)
Uveal melanoma (Feb 2011)

Eye (in development)

Gastrointestinal tract
Bile ducts and pancreas (May 2010)
Colorectum (Sep 2007)
Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (Feb 2012)
Liver (Jun 2012)
Oesophagus (Feb 2007)
Stomach (Jan 2007)

Gastrointestinal tract
Liver biopsies (Mar 2014) New button
Gastrointestinal & pancreatobiliary pathology (Nov 2009)

Gynaecological tract
Cervix (Apr 2011)
Endometrium (Feb 2014) New button
Ovary (Nov 2010)
Uterine sarcoma (Mar 2011)
Vulva (Nov 2010)

Gynaecological tract (Jul 2008)

Placenta (Sep 2011)

Head and neck (Nov 2013)
Oral cavity
Pharynx
Nodal excisions & neck dissection
Larynx
Nasal cavities & paranasal sinuses
Salivary gland

Head and neck
Head and neck pathology (Sep 2008) (revised version in preparation, March 2014)

Lung

Lung cancer (Apr 2011) (revised version in consultatation, March/April 2014)
Mesothelioma (Apr 2013)
Thymic epithelial tumours (Feb 2013)

Lung and thorax
Tissue pathway for non-neoplastic thoracic pathology (June 2013)

Paediatric
Nephroblastoma (Oct 2007)
Peripheral neuroblastic tumours (Dec 2010)

Paediatric

Lymph nodes and bone marrow lymphomas
(Apr 2002)

Lymph nodes, spleen and bone marrow trephine biopsies (May 2008, amended Aug 2010)

Skin (revised versions in preparation, March 2014)
Adnexal carcinomas and lymph nodes (Feb 2013)
Basal cell carcinoma (Oct 2012)
Malignant melanoma (Nov 2012)
Merkel cell carcinoma (Oct 2012)
Squamous cell carcinoma (Dec 2012)

Skin
Inflammatory and non-neoplastic dermatoses and non-neoplastic lesions (Sep 2008)

Urinary tract and testis
Adult kidney (Nov 2006)
Penis (Nov 2006, new edition in preparation)
Prostate (Oct 2009)
Testis (Oct 2007) (revised version in preparation, March 2014)
Urinary collecting system (Apr 2013)

Urinary tract and testis
Medical renal biopsies (May 2013)
Urological specimens (May 2010)

 

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