Most Common Exceptions to AJCC Staging

From the CAnswer Forum: MOST COMMON EXCEPTIONS TO AJCC STAGING Thyroid: Papillary or follicular for patients under 45 years ANY T and ANY N with M0 – STAGE I ANY T and ANY N with M1 – STAGE II Over 45 years & medullary carcinoma all age groups – at least one lymph node must be removed in order for the patient to be eligible for pathologic stage Soft Tissue Sarcoma Nodal involvement…

Posted on Dec. 5, 2017 in How Should I Code This?

Most Common Exceptions to AJCC Staging

From the CAnswer Forum: MOST COMMON EXCEPTIONS TO AJCC STAGING Thyroid: Papillary or follicular for patients under 45 years:   ANY T and ANY N with M0 – STAGE I ANY T and ANY N with M1 – STAGE II Over 45 years & medullary carcinoma all age groups – at least one lymph node must be removed in order for the patient to be eligible for pathologic stage. Soft Tissue Sarcoma: Nodal involvement…

Posted on Nov. 1, 2017 in How Should I Code This?

Cancer Forum Q&A

From the CAnswer Forum:   Question:  Class of case for continuation of care  We have a patient that moved to the area and has a history of breast cancer in 2010. She established care at our medical oncologist and continues on Arimidex in Feb 2016 that was begun at the other facility in 2011. In reading, this case would be analytic for our facility. The date…

Posted on Oct. 24, 2017 in How Should I Code This?

NAACCR WEBINAR 2016-2017 SERIES Collecting Cancer Data Melanoma Part 3 – Treatment Coding

FROM THE CANSWER FORUM: NAACCR WEBINAR 2016-2017 SERIES: Collecting Cancer Data:  Melanoma Part 3 – Treatment Coding Melanoma Surgical Coding A biopsy (incisional, shave, punch, elliptical, biopsy nos) with GROSS positive margins is coded to a diagnostic and staging procedure code of 02. If the biopsy removes all of the tumor it is coded to an excisional biopsy code of 27. If the biopsy removes all…

Posted on Oct. 10, 2017 in How Should I Code This?