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National Cancer Data Base - Data Dictionary PUF 2015

Diagnostic and Staging Procedure

PUF Data Item Name: 
RX_SUMM_DXSTG_PROC
NAACCR Item #: 
1350
Diagnosis Years Available: 
2003+
length: 
2
Allowable values: 
00-07, 09
Description: 
Records the type of surgical diagnostic and/or staging procedure performed.
Registry Coding Instructions: 
  • Code the type of procedure performed as part of the initial diagnosis and workup, whether this is done at the reporting institution or another facility.
  • Code 02 is used if both an incisional biopsy of the primary site and an incisional biopsy of a metastatic site are done.
  • Surgical procedures which aspirate, biopsy, or remove regional lymph nodes in an effort to diagnose and/or stage disease are not coded in this item. The item Scope of Regional Lymph Node Surgery (NAACCR Item #1292) is used to code these procedures.
  • Brushings, washings, cell aspiration, and hematologic findings (peripheral blood smears) as positive cytologic diagnostic confirmation are coded in the data item Diagnostic Confirmation (NAACCR Item #490). These are not considered surgical procedures and are not be coded in this item.
  • Excisional biopsies with clear or microscopic margins are not coded in this data item. Item Surgical Procedure of Primary Site (NAACCR Item #1290) is used to code these procedures.
  • Palliative surgical procedures are not coded in this data item. The item Palliative Procedure (NAACCR Item #3270) is used to code these procedures.
Analytic Note: 

This item was added to FORDS in 2003, and is blank for earlier diagnoses in the PUF data.

Code Definition
0 No surgical diagnostic or staging procedure was performed
1 A biopsy (incisional, needle, or aspiration) was done to a site other than the primary. No exploratory procedure was done
2 A biopsy (incisional, needle, or aspiration) was done to the primary site
3 A surgical exploration only. The patient was not biopsied or treated
4 A surgical procedure with a bypass was performed, but no biopsy was done
5 An exploratory procedure was performed, and a biopsy of either the primary site or another site was done
6 A bypass procedure was performed, and a biopsy of either the primary site or another site was done
7 A procedure was done, but the type of procedure is unknown
9 No information of whether a diagnostic or staging procedure was performed