Research & Education


Mesothelioma Staging Project

The Prospective Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM) Staging Project is an international effort to study and improve the current staging system for MPM. This study is being conducted by the International Staging Committee of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (ISC-IASLC), in collaboration with the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG). Data are being entered by means of a secure, web-based, electronic data capture system provided by Cancer Research and Biostatistics (CRAB) in Seattle, Wash., U.S.A.

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Lung Cancer Staging Project

The IASLC Lung Cancer Retrospective Staging Project culminated in a series of recommendations to the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and to the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) regarding the seventh edition of the tumor, node, and metastasis (TNM) classification for lung cancer. In May 2009, the International Staging Committee of the IASLC launched a Prospective Lung Cancer Staging Project designed to assess the validity of each component of T, N, and M, and other factors relevant to lung cancer staging and prognosis.

View the New retrospective and prospective databases overview

View the Protocol Document 

View the Protocol Appendix 

View the Data Elements 

View the Educational Materials

Thymic Malignancy Staging Project

No official thymic staging system exists, seriously hampering progress in this relatively rare tumor. The IASLC International Staging and Prognostic Factors committee is working together with the International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group to develop a data-driven stage classification system. A database of approximately 10,000 cases has been assembled with the collaborative engagement of multiple centers across the world and is currently being analyzed to accomplish this.