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|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 07/12/2011|
The total number of regional lymph nodes reported to contain tumour in a person with cancer.
|Data Element Concept:||Person with cancer—number of positive regional lymph nodes|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||2|
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 current edition of the TNM Classification of Tumours, UICC (International Union Against Cancer) and the AJCC (American Joint Committee on Cancer) Cancer Staging Manual.
The number includes all positive nodes regardless of whether they were removed and examined at a single or multiple procedures. For example, for breast cancer, record the sum of positive nodes detected in node sampling/sentinel node biopsy and those removed at axillary clearance.
The information should be obtained from the patient's medical record.
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 NetworkCommission on Cancer American College of Surgeons
American College of Surgeons 1998. Standards of the Commission on Cancer: Registry Operations and Data Standards (ROADS), Volume II, Commission on Cancer
American Joint Committee on Cancer 2010. AJCC Staging Manual, 7th edition. New York: Springer
Australian Cancer Network 2001. The pathology reporting of breast cancer: A guide for pathologists, surgeons and radiologists, 2nd Edition. Sydney: Australian Cancer Network
Johnson CH & Adamo M (Editors) 2007. SEER Program Coding and Staging Manual 2007, MD 2008 revision. Bethesda: National Cancer Institute, NIH Publication number 07-5581Sobin LH, Gospodarowicz MK, Wittekind C (Editors) 2009. International Union Against Cancer (UICC): TNM Classification of Malignant Tumours, 7th edition. Wiley-Blackwell
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See also Number of regional lymph nodes examined Health, Standard 07/12/2011
Supersedes Person with cancer—number of positive regional lymph nodes, total N[N] Health, Superseded 07/12/2011
See also Person with cancer—number of regional lymph nodes examined, total N[N] Health, Standard 07/12/2011
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
All attributes +
Breast cancer (cancer registries) NBPDS Health, Standard 01/09/2012
Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 08/05/2014
Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 14/05/2015
Cancer (clinical) NBPDS Health, Standard 14/05/2015