The dataset has been developed for biopsy and resection specimens of neoplasms of the heart, pericardium, and great vessels. It includes both benign and malignant primary tumours of the heart, pericardium, and great vessels.
Mesothelioma and haematolymphoid neoplasms (such as primary cardiac lymphoma) are not included in this dataset. For pericardial mesotheliomas refer to the ICCR Mesothelioma in the pleura and peritoneum dataset. Haematolymphoid tumours will be covered in a future ICCR dataset. Metastatic lesions should not be recorded using this dataset.
There is currently no agreed-upon staging system (such as TNM) for cardiac tumours, due to an insufficiency of evidence.
2nd edition – December 2021. The 2nd edition includes changes to align the dataset with the World Health Organization Classification of Thoracic Tumours, 5th edition, 2021. Other minor updates were also included.
1st edition – May 2016
The 2nd edition of the dataset for Neoplasms of the heart, pericardium, and great vessels was developed by the following international team:
Authors of previous editions of this dataset are available here