Evaluation of the 8th edition American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) staging system for patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: A surveillance, epidemiology, and end results (SEER) analysis.

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The objective of this study was to assess the prognostic performance of American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) 8th edition in patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) using a cancer registry.


The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) cancer registry was queried to identify 1008 patients who underwent surgical resection of ICC during 1998-2013. Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to analyze long-term survival. The relative discriminative abilities were assessed using the Harrell's concordance index.


Median patient age was 62 years and 47.6% of the patients were male. Most tumors were T1 or T2 (n = 413, 41.0% and n = 329, 32.6%, respectively) and 22.1% of patients had lymph node (LN) metastasis. Median tumor size was 5.5 cm. With a median follow-up of 18 months, median survival was 27 months and 5-year OS was 30.6%. The OS c-index for the AJCC 8th staging system was 0.669, which was comparable with the c-index for the 7th edition AJCC staging system (c-index: 0.667); the AJCC 8th-edition did provide more discrete stratification of patients.


The new AJCC 8th-edition staging system for ICC was largely comparable to the 7th-edition version and did not provide a marked improvement in overall prognostic discrimination.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kim, Y; Moris, DP; Zhang, X-F; Bagante, F; Spolverato, G; Schmidt, C; Dilhoff, M; Pawlik, TM

Published Date

  • November 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 116 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 643 - 650

PubMed ID

  • 28608424

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-9098

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-4790

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jso.24720


  • eng