This field specifies information on surgery during first course of therapy whether it was cancer-directed or not. (Prior to 1988 SEER did not collect information on surgical procedures if not cancer-directed.) The Reason for No Cancer-directed Surgery field must be used to distinguish among no cancer-directed surgery performed; cancer-directed surgery recommended, unknown if performed; and unknown if cancer-directed surgery performed.
For Cases Diagnosed 1973-82
All cases were coded using the following nonspecific scheme:
|No surgical procedure
|Unknown if surgery done
1 Code '09' must be used in conjunction with Reason for No Cancer-directed Surgery to distinguish "No cancer directed surgery" from "Unknown if cancer-directed surgery performed" and "Cancer-directed surgery recommended but unknown if given." Code ‘00’ is only used for cases diagnosed only at autopsy.
For Cases Diagnosed 1983-87
Detailed schemes were in place for the following sites:
|Bronchus and Lung
|Skin (melanomas only)
|C64.9, C65.9, C66.9
|Kidney, Renal Pelvis, Ureter
All other sites are coded to the same nonspecific scheme used for 1973-82 cases (above).
For Cases Diagnosed 1988-1997
In addition to the above sites, detailed schemes for the following sites were put into place:
A general scheme was used for all other sites.
The actual coding schemes for individual sites and time periods can be viewed at 2-Digit Site-Specific Surgery Codes (1983-1997) (PDF).