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Tokyo, Japan 16-22 October 2005

Reviewing the ICD-10 classification of haematological neoplasms on its way to ICD-11

WHO-FIC 2005/B.6-3


At the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Network Meeting 2004 (Reykjavik, Iceland) it was agreed that the German centre, as others, takes part in reviewing ICD-10 in distinct areas which were identified as crucial and representative for other sections [1].

As areas for reviewing the evidence of ICD-10 and starting the process cystic fibrosis, diabetes, lymphomas, external causes and mental health were identified.

The German Collaborating Centre (CC) took responsibility for reviewing the section of leukaemias and lymphomas.

Main issues regarding the classification of haematological neoplasm in ICD-10 are:

  • differences between ICD-10 and ICD-O-3 concerning the structure

  • differences between ICD-10 and ICD-O-3 concerning the content

  • differences between ICD-10, ICD-O-3 and the current state of science

  • limitations due to the updating of ICD-10

This document will explain methods and results.

Working group

A board of national experts in haemato-oncology was formed of pathologists, clinicians, DRG experts, specialized practitioners and statisticians.

Following experts joined the board:

Prof. Dr. med. Stein / University of Berlin Charité - Campus Benjamin Franklin / coauthor of blue book [2]

PD Dr. med. Krause / University of Regensburg / German Society of Hematology and Oncology

Prof. Dr. med. Berthold / University of Cologne / Society of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology

Prof. Dr. med. Wittekind / University of Leipzig / Pathologist Prof. Dr. med. Schlake / President of the Association of German Pathologists

Dr. med. Bertz / Robert Koch Institut / Central Cancer Surveillance Program - Main Cancer Registry

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