Record whether or not there is clinical evidence of cancer in the patient at the date of last contact or death.
Cancer status changes if the patient has a recurrence or relapse and the record should be updated.
The patient’s cancer status should be changed only if new information is received from an official source. If information is obtained from the patient, a family member or other non-physician, then cancer status is not updated.
If the patient has multiple primary cancers, each primary should have the appropriate cancer status recorded.
For patients with hematopoietic disease who are in remission, code as 1-no evidence of this cancer.
This information should be collected from the patient's medical record.
This information is used for patient follow-up and outcome studies.
Source and reference attributes
American College of Surgeons 2002. Facility Oncology Registry Data Standards (FORDS), 2009 revision. Commission on Cancer