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Cancer Protocols

Published protocols

The following protocols are based on the 2010 AJCC/UICC 7th edition Cancer Staging Manual where applicable.

The guides, forms and request information sheets are provided for educational purposes and to support the implementation of structured pathology reporting of cancer.

  • Guides are designed to be an  'aide de memoire' when reporting and contain a condensed version of the standards and guidelines from the protocol. 'Help' in the form of the relevant sections from the protocol is available by clicking on the hyperlinked standard or guideline number. The guides are the easiest way of accessing the wealth of information in the protocol. (You will need an active internet connection to view the information.)
  • Forms are designed to provide a paper version of the checklist in Chapter 6 of the protocol, with response values and spaces for notes.
  • Request Information sheets are designed to provide guidance for clinicians requesting surgical pathology for specific cancers describing the type of information required by the pathologist to adequately assess the specimen.
  • Typists templates are intended to faciliate data entry of dictated structured reports. These should not be used for implementation purposes.

Note: Version updates to the protocols V1.2, V1.3 etc represent minor formatting updates only and do not substantially change the content of the protocol in any way.

To provide feedback on any published protocol - click here.

Cancer Protocol Guide Form Request InformationTypists Template
Bone & Soft Tissue
Guide - soft tissue tumour resections V1.2 (207 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - soft tissue tumours V1.1 (185 kB) Aug 2013
Request - soft tissue tumours V1.0 (126 kB) Aug 2013
Typist template - soft tissue tumours V1.0 (18.4 kB) Aug 2013
Breast
Protocol - invasive breast cancer v2.3 (1.6 MB) Aug 2013
Guide - invasive breast cancer V2.3 (337 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - invasive breast cancer V2.3 (385 kB) Aug 2013
Request - invasive breast cancer V2.0 (184 kB) Aug 2013
Cytology
Protocol - thyroid FNA cytology 1 (502 kB) Jul 2014
Guide - thyroid FNA cytology 1 (214 kB) Jul 2014
Proforma - thyroid FNA cytology 1 (341 kB) Jul 2014
Request - thyroid FNA cytology 1 (265 kB) Jul 2014
Gastrointestinal
Protocol - colorectal cancer V3.0 (527 kB) May 2016
Protocol - polypectomy & local resections CR v1.1 (2.5 MB) Aug 2013
Protocol - gastric cancer V1.1 (489 kB) Aug 2013
Protocol - endoscopic resection oesophagus V1.0 (4.6 MB) Aug 2013
Protocol - oesophageal and GOJ cancers V1.0 (3.9 MB) Aug 2013
Protocol - pancreatic cancer V1.0 (804 kB) Nov 2013
Guide - colon cancer V3.0 (202 kB) May 2016
Guide - rectal cancer V3.0 (208 kB) May 2016
Guide - polypectomy & local resections CR v1 (224 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - gastric cancer V1.0 (179 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - endoscopic resections oesophagus V1.0 (203 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - oesophageal and GOJ cancers V1.0 (235 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - pancreatic cancer V1.0 (261 kB) Nov 2013
Proforma - colorectal cancer V3.0 (204 kB) May 2016
Proforma - polypectomy & local resections CR V1.0 (800 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - gastric cancer V1.0 (167 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - endoscopic resections oesophagus V1.0 (251 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - oesophageal and GOJ cancers V1.0 (243 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - pancreatic cancer V1.0 (276 kB) Nov 2013
Request - colorectal cancer V2.0 (101 kB) Aug 2013
Request - polypectomy & local resections CR V1.0 (223 kB) Aug 2013
Request - gastric cancer V1.0 (129 kB) Aug 2013
Request - endoscopic resections oesophagus V1.0 (161 kB) Aug 2013
Request - oesophageal and GOJ cancers V1.0 (352 kB) Aug 2013
Request - pancreatic cancer V1.0 (192 kB) Nov 2013
Genitourinary
Guide - bladder cancer V1.0 (227 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - prostate cancer - core biopsy 1.0 (171 kB) Nov 2013
Guide - prostate cancer - radical prostatectomy V2.0 (201 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - renal parenchymal malignancy V1.0 (190 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - testicular tumours V1.0 (212 kB) Aug 2013
Request - bladder cancer V1.1 (152 kB) Aug 2013
Request - prostate cancer - core biopsy 1.0 (128 kB) Nov 2013
Request - prostate cancer - radical prostatectomy V2.0 (98 kB) Aug 2013
Request - renal parenchymal malignancy V1.0 (120 kB) Aug 2013
Request - testicular tumours V1.0 (147 kB) Aug 2013
Gynaecological
Protocol - cervical cancer V1.0 (2.2 MB) Aug 2013
Protocol - endometrial cancer V1.0 (415 kB) Aug 2013
Protocol - vulva cancer v1.0 (1.1 MB) Aug 2013
Guide - cervical cancer V1.0 (231 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - endometrial cancer V1.1 (201 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - vulva cancer V1.0 (199 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - cervical cancer V1.0 (248 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - endometrial cancer V1.0 (187 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - vulva cancer V1.0 (279 kB) Aug 2013
Request - cervical cancer V1.0 (147 kB) Aug 2013
Request - endometrial cancer V1.0 (110 kB) Aug 2013
Request - vulva cancer V1.0 (255 kB) Aug 2013
Typist template - cervical cancer 1 (20 kB) Aug 2013
Typist template - endometrial cancer V1.0 (21 kB) Aug 2013
Typist template - vulva cancer V1.0 (20 kB) Aug 2013
Haematopoietic & Lymphoid Tumours
Guide - bone marrow specimen 1 (284 kB) Oct 2014
Guide - haematopoietic & lymphoid tumours V1.4 (166 kB) Aug 2013
Head, Neck & Endocrine
Protocol - adrenal gland tumours 1 (785 kB) Aug 2013
Protocol - malignant salivary gland neoplasms V1.0 (766 kB) Aug 2013
Protocol - oral cancer V1.1 (513 kB) Aug 2013
Protocol - thyroid cancer V1.0 (926 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - adrenal gland tumours v1.0 (213 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - malignant salivary gland neoplasms V1.0 (231 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - oral cancer V1.2 (222 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - thyroid cancer V1.0 (192 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - adrenal gland tumours V1.0 (196 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - malignant salivary gland neoplasms V1.0 (176 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - oral cancer V1.1 (212 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - thyroid cancer V1.0 (178 kB) Aug 2013
Request - adrenal gland tumours V1.0 (104 kB) Aug 2013
Request - malignant salivary gland neoplasms V1.0 (111 kB) Aug 2013
Request - oral cancer V1.0 (525 kB) Aug 2013
Request - thyroid cancer V1.0 (132 kB) Aug 2013
Neurological
Protocol - CNS tumours V1.1 (251 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - CNS tumours V1.1 (158 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - CNS tumours V1.0 (157 kB) Aug 2013
Request - CNS tumours V1.0 (123 kB) Aug 2013
Typist template - CNS tumours V1.0 (16.3 kB) Aug 2013
Pulmonary and Mediastinum
Protocol - lung cancer V2.0 (2 MB) Aug 2013
Guide - lung cancer V2.0 (221 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - lung cancer V2.0 (234 kB) Aug 2013
Request - lung cancer V2.0 (115 kB) Aug 2013
Typist template - lung cancer V2.0 (20 kB) Aug 2013
Skin & Adnexal
Protocol - primary cutaneous melanoma V2.1 (469 kB) Aug 2013
Guide - primary cutaneous melanoma V2.0 (197 kB) Aug 2013
Proforma - primary cutaneous melanoma V2.0 (234 kB) Aug 2013
Request - primary cutaneous melanoma V2.0 (117 kB) Aug 2013