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Source 1:   Heme & Lymph Neo Manual & DB
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Question
Reportability/Ambiguous terminology--Heme & Lymphoid Neoplasms: Item #4 on page 16 of the Hematopoietic manual addresses the use of ambiguous terms and states in Note 2 to "Report cases that use only the words on the list or an equivalent word such as “favored” rather than “favor(s)" or “likely” rather than “most likely.”" While I agree with the use of "favored", the use of "likely" as a substitute for "most likely" is in direct contrast to FORDS (page 3), which states: "Words or phrases that appear to be synonyms of these terms do not constitute a diagnosis. For example, "likely" alone does not constitute a diagnosis."

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Answer
This was an error in the Hematopoietic manual. It should follow the 2013 SEER manual, pg. 5, which states "do not substitute 'likely' for 'most likely.'" Thank you for pointing this out. We will make this correction in the next version.

History


Last Updated
02/24/2014

Date Finalized
07/11/2013