Person with cancer—number of positive regional lymph nodes, total N[N]
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Regional lymph nodes positive|
The total number of regional lymph nodes reported as containing tumour after examination by a pathologist.
|Data Element Concept:||Person with cancer—number of positive regional lymph nodes|
Value domain attributes
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Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
A list of which lymph nodes are defined as regional lymph nodes for each cancer site may be found in the TNM Classification of Tumours, 6th Edition, UICC.
Number includes all positive nodes regardless of whether removed/examined at a single or multiple procedures, e.g. for breast cancer, record the sum of positive nodes detected in node sampling/sentinel node biopsy and those removed at axillary clearance.
For cancer registries, collection of this data item should only be from notification and pathology reports relating to initial diagnosis and not for recurrent or metastatic disease.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Cancer Network
Commission on Cancer American College of Surgeons
Australian Cancer Network The pathology reporting of breast cancer. A guide for pathologists, surgeons and radiologists Second Edition Sydney (2001)
Commission on Cancer, Standards of the Commission on Cancer Registry Operations and Data Standards (ROADS) Volume II (1998)
Johnson CH, Adamo M (eds.), SEER Program Coding and Staging Manual 2007. National Cancer Institute, NIH Publication number 07-5581, Bethesda, MD 2007.
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Has been superseded by Person with cancer—number of positive regional lymph nodes, total N[N]
Supersedes Person with cancer—number of positive regional lymph nodes, total N[N]
See also Person with cancer—number of regional lymph nodes examined, total N[N]
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