Musculoskeletal Tumors Data Sources and ICD-9-CM Codes


Lead Author(s): 

William G. Ward SR, MD
Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

Unlike other content areas in this document, the incidence and burden of musculoskeletal tumors relies on the extensive cancer reports available from national cancer databases. ICD-9-CM codes for tumors are presented, but the national databases used in other sections were not analyzed for tumors.


SEER Cancer Statistics Review

Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Neyman N, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Cho H, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds): SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975–2010, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. Available at: Based on November 2012 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2013. Accessed February 12, 2015.

National Cancer Database Benchmark Reports, American College of Surgeons

American College of Surgeons: NCDB Benchmarks. National Cancer Database Comparison Reports: NCDB Analytic Cases: Disease Site by American Joint Committee on Cancer Stage, Dx Years: 2000 to 2011. Available at:   Accessed February 12, 2015.   

American College of Surgeons National Cancer Database

The NCDB is a joint project of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society. The data used in this study and this report are derived from a de-identified NCDB file. The American College of Surgeons and the Commission on Cancer have not verified and are not responsible for the analytic or statistical methodology employed, or the conclusions drawn from these data by the investigator and authors of this work.

Case Series, William G. Ward, MD

Case series reflecting the practice of William G. Ward, a full-time solo orthopaedic oncologist in practice from 1991 to 2004, at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in Winston-Salem, NC.

ICD-9-CM Codes

Malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage: 170
   Malignant neoplasm of bones of skull and face except mandible: 170.0
   Malignant neoplasm of mandible: 170.1
   Malignant neoplasm of vertebral column excluding sacrum and coccyx: 170.2
   Malignant neoplasm of ribs sternum and clavicle: 170.3
   Malignant neoplasm of scapula and long bones of upper limb: 170.4
   Malignant neoplasm of short bones of upper limb: 170.5
   Malignant neoplasm of pelvic bones sacrum and coccyx: 170.6
   Malignant neoplasm of long bones of lower limb: 170.7
   Malignant neoplasm of short bones of lower limb: 170.8
   Site unspecified: 170.9

Malignant neoplasm of connective and other soft tissue: 171

   Of head face and neck: 171.1
   Of upper limb including shoulder: 171.2
   Of lower limb including hip: 171.3
   Of thorax: 171.4
   Of abdomen: 171.5
   Of pelvis: 171.6
   Of trunk unspecified: 171.7
   Malignant neoplasm of other specified sites of connective and other soft tissue: 171.8
   Site unspecified: 171.9

Benign neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage: 213
Other benign neoplasm of connective and other soft tissue: 215


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