ICD-10 Essentials for Busy Oncologists—Prostate and Breast Cancers, Leukemia

November 26th, 2012 / By Rhonda Butler

The ICD-10 neoplasm chapter documentation and coding changes come in three basic degrees:

  1. No change whatsoever
  2. A level of detail or two has been added
  3. 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

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Rhonda Butler is a Senior Clinical Research Analyst with 3M Health Information Systems.