Cancer datasets and tissue pathways

The College's Datasets for Histopathological Reporting on Cancers 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.

TNM 8 will be implemented in many specialties from 1 January 2018. A full list of staging systems to be used (by specialty) is available in the Recommendations from the Working Group on Cancer Services on the use of tumour staging systems and Recommended staging to be collected by Cancer Registries (see right hand column).

Please note that head and neck tumours diagnosed after 1 January 2018 should continue to be reported using TNM 7. The British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO) have issued a statement supporting the recommendations for staging head and neck cancers. A further meeting is planned in February and the guidance will be updated in March 2018.

Gastrointestinal tract

Gynaecological tract

Head and neck



Urinary tract and testis