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Books, Journals, New Media
March 24/31, 1999

TNM: TNM Interactive: An Illustrated Resource for the Classification and Staging of Malignant Tumors

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;281(12):1139-1140. doi:10.1001/jama.281.12.1139-JBK0324-3-1

Although tumor staging is a task well suited to computerization, few resources for it are available on the market. TNM Interactive is the latest entry in the field from Wiley-Liss, the UICC (International Union Against Cancer)— which explains the spellings used, eg, "tumour"—and MedAscend.

The TNM Interactive CD-ROM runs on a variety of platforms, including Windows 3.1, 95, 98, and NT and MacOS. The user manual is minimal with few details. There is no installation process; the program is simply executed. Since the software is not actually installed on the computer, it runs entirely from the CD-ROM and is fairly slow, even when run on a fast processor. The window on the screen cannot be sized because of limitations in the viewer software chosen by the vendor. The user must agree to the "Limited Use Licensing Agreement" every time the software is used.