The CAP has announced the opening of a comment period for revisions to the Stomach Cancer Protocol.
Prior to the release of the revised Stomach Cancer Protocol, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) will host a public comment period. You can review the revisions and submit feedback online. The public comment period will run through November 4, 2011. Please note that comments are not instantly available for review and will be posted on a weekly basis.
The Protocol for the Examination of Specimens from Patients with Carcinoma of the Stomach has been revised to:
- Update the histologic type section in response to new histologic classification from the World Health Organization in 2010
- Clarify the reporting of margin status by adding elements for reporting lateral mucosal margins from endoscopic mucosal resection specimens
- Add optional elements for reporting in situ and immunohistochemical studies of HER2
So here's your chance. This is an important update and, I think, the College really needs to hear from those of us "in the trenches" as it were who are signing these cases out daily. I don't think that HER2 testing should be optional but I'll be putting my comments in on that.