pTX and pNX are removed from staging. Later we will figure out what to do when not enough info available. Maybe we can just call them pTNULL and pNNULL? or abrreviate it as pTE and pNE where E refers to empty. Ok, just a minute what if … 

pTX and pNX are removed from staging. Later we will figure out what to do when not enough info available. Maybe we can just call them pTNULL and pNNULL? or abrreviate it as pTE and pNE where E refers to empty. Ok, just a minute what if …

 

“We anticipate that this will improve tumor staging through the entire continuum of cancer staging, reduce cancer staging errors or ambiguities, and strengthen the quality of staging information for tumor registrars and the cancer surveillance community. In the upcoming updates to the cancer protocols, the CAP will provide alternative wording that may be used when the lack of clinical information precludes us from assigning pathologic T or N categories.”

Source: pTX and pNX should not be used in tumor staging