Musculoskeletal Tumor Staging — 1987 Update
Published 1988 · Medicine
Since 1960, prospective primary observational data has been gathered and stored on primary benign and malignant neoplasms of the musculoskeletal system in the W. Thaxton Springfield Study Center at the University of Florida. In 1974, based upon analysis of this data, a staging system for primary malignant tumors of connective tissue histogenesis was constructed together with definitions of oncologic surgical margins and oncologic surgical procedures. By 1979, 258 cases had been staged and enough time had passed to evaluate the system. At that time, the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MTS) contributed an additional 139 cases from thirteen member institutions to form an initial study group of 397 cases.