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2022, Volume 38, Number 3, Page(s) 185-204     
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DOI: 10.5146/tjpath.2022.01584
Towards Development of a Standard Terminology of the World Health Organization Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System in the Turkish Language, and a Perspective on the Practical Implications of the WHO Classification for Low and Middle Income Countries
Figen SOYLEMEZOGLU1, Buge OZ2, Reyhan EGILMEZ3, Melike PEKMEZCI4, Suheyla BOZKURT5, Ayca ERSEN DANYELI6, Onder ONGURU7, Ibrahim KULAC8, Tarik TIHAN4,8
1Department of Pathology, 1Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, ANKARA, TURKEY
2Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
3Cumhuriyet University, School of Medicine, SIVAS, TURKEY
4Division of Neuropathology, University of California San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, USA
5Marmara University, School of Medicine, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
6Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University School of Medicine, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
7Anadolu Medical Center, KOCAELI, TURKEY
8Koç University, School of Medicine, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Keywords: WHO, CNS, Classification, Brain tumors, Gliomas, Low and middle income countries

In our manuscript, we propose a common terminology in the Turkish language for the newly adopted WHO classification of the CNS tumors, also known as the WHO CNS 5th edition. We also comment on the applicability of this new scheme in low and middle income countries, and warn about further deepening disparities between the global north and the global south. This division, augmented by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, threatens our ability to coordinate efforts worldwide and may create significant disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers between the “haves” and the “have nots”.

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