Raising the level of knowledge and performance for Cancer Registrars through continuing education


The purpose of this communication is to clarify the use of Ambiguous Terminology as listed in FORDS: Revised for 2016 for case reportability and staging in Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited programs. When abstracting, registrars are to use the “Ambiguous Terms at Diagnosis” list with respect to case reportability, and the “Ambiguous Terms Describing Tumor Spread” list with respect to tumor spread for staging purposes. However, these lists need to be used correctly.