Methods of Classifying Cancers

Source: Cancer Terminology: The Language of Cancer page at "The Genetics of Cancer resource center". June 11, 2001. © 2001 by PRR, Inc. Eugene Pergament, MD, PhD, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, and Morry Fiddler, PhD, School for New Learning, DePaul University, Chicago. This appears to be a dead link. Heavily edited for length by B.Rick.

Classifying by Type of Tissue

Classifying by Type of Cell Transformed

Classifying by Site of Origin, Tissue or Cell Type, and/or Founder's Name

Cancers are Classified as Benign or Malignant:

Classifying by Tumor Progression

The three variable TNM clinical staging system is used to describe the severity and extent of neoplasm progression.