Understanding and Coding Cancer Treatment. FCDS 2002 Educational Teleconference Series Jackie Button, MS Steven Peace, CTR Mayra Alvarez, RHIT, CTR October 16, 2002. Cornerstones for Treatment Decision-Making. First Course of Therapy.
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FCDS 2002 Educational Teleconference Series
Jackie Button, MS
Steven Peace, CTR
Mayra Alvarez, RHIT, CTR
October 16, 2002
Change in Treatment Plan or Regimen
Therapy that starts after
the first course of treatment has failed
the cancer has recurred
Watch and Wait
Patient or Family Refused
Due to Other Medical Conditions
Treatment intent is to eliminate all traces
of cancer in the patient
Goal is to cure the patient
Treatment intent is to prevent or delay recurrence of original cancer.
Treatment is given after other method(s) have destroyed all clinically detectable cancer.
Intent is to reduce the size and bulk of cancer and to alleviate symptoms caused by the cancer
Treatment is not intended to cure
the patient of cancer
NCI Cancer Information Web - http://cancer.gov
SEER, PDQ & Cancer Information Service
NCI - sponsored databases containing extensive and monthly updated information on cancer diagnosis, staging and treatment, including clinical trials.
There is also a patient-oriented query available.
In cases of non-treatment, in which a physician decides not to treat a patient or a patient or patient’s family declines all treatment, the date of first course of treatment is the date this decision was made