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Person with cancer—number of regional lymph nodes examined, total code N[N]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termNumber of regional lymph nodes examined
METeOR identifier:Help on this term370032
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 07/12/2011
Definition:Help on this termThe total number of a person's regional lymph nodes examined by the pathologist.
Data Element Concept:Person with cancer—number of regional lymph nodes examined

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Representation class:Help on this termTotal
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[NN]
Maximum character length:Help on this term3
Supplementary values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
997Number of lymph nodes unknown

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Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

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.

The number includes all nodes examined regardless of whether removed/examined at a single or multiple procedures e.g. for breast cancer, record the sum of regional lymph nodes examined from node sampling/sentinel node biopsy and axillary clearance.

The number of regional lymph nodes is cumulative from all procedures that removed lymph nodes through the completion of surgeries for the treatment of the cancer.

Breast cancer:

Regional lymph nodes include all ipsilateral axillary, ipsilateral infraclavicular/subclavicular, ipsilateral internal mammary and ipsilateral supraclavicaular nodes. All other nodes (including contralateral internal mammary nodes) are considered to be distant metastases and should not be recorded in this data item. Defintions from UICC TNM Classification of Malignant Tumours 6th Edition.

Collection methods:Help on this termFor 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

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Cancer Network

Commission on Cancer American College of Surgeons

Reference documents:Help on this term

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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See also Person with cancer—number of positive regional lymph nodes, total N[N] Health, Superseded 06/03/2009

Has been superseded by Person with cancer—number of regional lymph nodes examined, total N[N] Health, Standard 07/12/2011

Supersedes Person with cancer—number of regional lymph nodes examined, total N[N] Health, Superseded 06/03/2009

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Breast cancer (Cancer registries) DSS Health, Superseded 01/09/2012

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Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 07/12/2011

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