The 2011 IASLC/ATS/ERS pulmonary adenocarcinoma classification: a landmark in personalized medicine for lung cancer management

J Thorac Dis. 2014 Oct;6(Suppl 5):S589-96. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2014.09.15.


In 2011, three authoritative academic communities, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, the American Thoracic Society, and the European Respiratory Society (IASLC/ATS/ERS), published a novel lung adenocarcinoma histologic classification. The major modifications of this classification include the abolishment of the term "bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC)", the establishment of new classification systems for resection and small biopsy or cytology specimens, the emphasis of molecular test and comprehensive histologic evaluation for tumor specimens, etc. This new lung adenocarcinoma classification signifies the era of personalized medicine comes to real-world practice in lung cancer field. Here, we introduce the background why the lung adenocarcinoma classification needs to be revised, and what we should consider in clinical practice according to this new classification.

Keywords: Adenocarcinoma; classification; lung neoplasms.

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