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Appendix C brings together the site-specific instructions needed to abstract a case, facilitating efficiency and accuracy. The site-specific coding modules include SEER Coding Guidelines; Equivalent Terms, Definitions, Tables, Charts and Illustrations; Multiple Primary Rules; Histology Coding Rules; Collaborative Stage Coding Instructions1 and Surgery of Primary Site codes2.

General instructions in the main manual are applicable in the absence of site-specific instructions. All modules include the collaborative stage and surgery codes, and multiple primary and histology coding rules. Some modules include site-specific coding guidelines. The goal is to have stand-alone modules for major anatomic sites.

Summary of Changes for Appendix C (PDF, 575 KB) provides the list of changes included in this release.

Note: The links on this page go to the CS staging schemas in version 02.02 (2010) of the Collaborative Stage Data Collection System. Visit the CS web site for staging schemas in version 02.03External Web Site Policy for 2011 diagnoses. For SEER SSF requirements for version 02.02 and 02.03, see the Collaborative Stage Requirements Status Database.

Oral Cavity

Parotid, Other and Unspecified Glands

Pharynx, Tonsil, Oropharynx, Hypopharynx, Pyriform Sinus



Small Intestine


Rectosigmoid, Rectum


Liver, Intrahepatic Bile Ducts

Gallbladder, Extrahepatic Bile Ducts, Ampulla of Vater


Other Digestive

Nasal Cavity, Middle Ear





Heart, Mediastinum, Pleura

Bones, Joints, Cartilage



Mycosis Fungoides, Sezary Disease

Nerves, Nervous System, Soft Tissues

Retroperitoneum, Peritoneum


Vulva, Vagina

Cervix Uteri

Corpus Uteri, Uterus, NOS


Fallopian Tube, Ligaments, Adnexa

Other and Unspecified Female Genital Organs, Placenta




Other and Unspecified Male Genital Organs


Renal Pelvis, Ureter




Brain, Central Nervous System, Malignant

Brain, Central Nervous System, Benign and Borderline


Thymus, Adrenal and Other Endocrine Glands

Kaposi Sarcoma


Hematopoietic, Reticuloendothelial, Immunoproliferative and Myeloproliferative

Other and Unknown Sites

1 Part II of the Collaborative Stage Data Collection manual is included in this appendix. For an introduction to Collaborative Stage, see the general rules in Part I of the Collaborative Stage Data Collection Manual and Coding Instructions.

2 The surgery codes are based on the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer’s Facility Oncology Registry Data System, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL, 60611-321 (FORDS), Revised for 2010, Appendix B: Site-specific Surgery Codes. The surgery codes in this document are identical to the FORDS manual; only formatting and annotations may vary. The SEER Notes that appear in the Surgery Code sections contain information or instructions not found in FORDS or that are different from FORDS.

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