Per FORDS (2016) page 138 “Do Not code surgical procedures which aspirate, biopsy or remove regional lymph nodes in an effort to diagnose and/or stage disease in this data item. Use the data item Scope of Regional Lymph Node Surgery (NAACCR Item #1292) to code these procedures.
In our cancer registry software this entails coding the Scope of Regional Lymph Node Surgery field as a surgical data item. An example of how this could appear:
|Surgical Date||Surg Prim Site Code||*Scope LN Surg||Reg LN Examined||Surgical Margins|
|No Surg Proc Primary Site||Bx or asp of regional LN||No reg LN removed, asp or core bx performed||No primary site surgery|
|FORDS (2016) page 239||FORDS (2016) page 244||CS General Instructions||FORDS (2016) page 242|
*Regional Lymph Nodes only. Distant lymph nodes are not recorded in this field