ICD-10 Coding for Cancers; Changes Ahead, New Knowledge Will Follow

After various delays, the new, more detailed ICD-10 coding takes effect in October. The ICD-10 coding is more detailed than is current coding in terms of identifying cancers by type, subtype and location. New knowledge inevitably will follow from better data. This page provides examples of the new oncology coding in general.

Here are examples of ICD-10 coding for mesotheliomas. A comparative look at historic ICD mesothelioma codes is here; the new ones are more specific.

The use of ICD-10 codes helped to improve finding mesotheliomas in Scotland.  See D R Camidge, D L Stockton, M Bain, Factors affecting the mesothelioma detection rate within national and international epidemiological studies: insights from Scottish linked cancer registry-mortality data,  Br J Cancer. 2006 September 4; 95(5): 649–652. Published online 2006 August 29. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6603293

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