The revised FIGO staging of cervical cancer (2018) – Implications for the LMICs

  • Neerja Bhatla All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Lynette Denny University of Cape Town


The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) was the first organisation to develop a staging system. Thus cervical cancer was the first cancer to be staged in 1958, after the culmination of a series of efforts initiated since 1928, and staging of other organs followed.1 A staging classification is designed to reflect the survival differences that ensue as the cancer progresses and spreads. This helps to assess prognosis, plan optimum management strategies, and compare data between centres, as well as within centres over a period of time. It is therefore important that it should be based on universally applicable knowledge, skills and resources. As advances occur and data accrue, the classification is revised periodically to reflect current knowledge and understanding.

Author Biographies

Neerja Bhatla, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Lynette Denny, University of Cape Town
Professor, Head of Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, South African Medical Research Council, Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre, Cape Town
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