Collaborative Staging Questions Part 1

Oct. 22, 2015

Q:     How you would code SSF#4 (Tumor Deposits) for a colon primary when you have a polypectomy and no other surgery.  The tumor was in-situ.  Is this coded to 000 for none or is it more appropriate to code to 998 for a polypectomy for no surgical resection of the primary site was performed?

A:     Code to 998, No surgical resection of primary site.  A polypectomy removes the polyp or the cancer but is not a surgical resection of the primary site.

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