AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: current cancer code vs history code

  1. #1

    Default current cancer code vs history code

    AAPC: Back to School
    Can anyone tell me if there is a timeframe as to when cancer is coded as current vs history of? Pt had carcinoma of brain found 1st in 12/10 however doctor felt it had metastasized from lung. , had 4 weeks radiation after surgical removal of cancer, last doce was 2/11. Would you code current cancer or history of?

    Thank you in advance for any assistance.

  2. #2


    From the ICD-9 coding guidelines:

    Primary malignancy previously excised
    When a primary malignancy has been previously excised or
    eradicated from its site and there is no further treatment directed
    to that site and there is no evidence of any existing primary
    malignancy, a code from category V10, Personal history of
    malignant neoplasm, should be used to indicate the former
    site of the malignancy.
    Any mention of extension, invasion,
    or metastasis to another site is coded as a secondary malignant
    neoplasm to that site. The secondary site may be the principal or
    first-listed with the V10 code used as a secondary code.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    Agree with Traci, and remember you only code history of the primary so if the metastatic site is no longer active with no treatment it is no longer coded. so what you need to look for is if there is any ongoing treatment for the brain cancer to tell you if it is history of or still active.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

Similar Threads

  1. current cancer vs history cancer coding
    By teemarie in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-21-2013, 01:34 PM
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-10-2012, 08:33 AM
  3. When do you change a cancer code to personal history code?
    By Bartlett Coder in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-31-2012, 11:19 AM
  4. current cancer code vs history of
    By sundaey in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-20-2011, 01:50 PM
  5. ICD-9. Current Cancer vs History of Cancer
    By sarah_black in forum Hematology/Oncology
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-13-2010, 04:46 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.