The ICD-10 neoplasm chapter documentation and coding changes come in three basic degrees:
- No change whatsoever
- A level of detail or two has been added
- Holy crap, that is a serious bunch of new stuff!
And the three most common cancers illustrate these degrees of change nicely: prostate cancer (men), breast cancer (women), and leukemia (children).
Malignant neoplasm of prostate
The diagnosis codes for prostate cancer and other common cancers occurring in men –like bladder and stomach – are all unchanged. This is true for most organs in the body that do not have a left and right. So for these conditions, you can keep on coding whichever way works well for you now. Below are a couple of examples from the prostate cancer codes.
C61 Malignant neoplasm of prostate
185 Malignant neoplasm of prostate
D07.5 Carcinoma in situ of prostate
233.4 Carcinoma in situ of prostate
Rhonda Butler is a Senior Clinical Research Analyst with 3M Health Information Systems.