This search engine is the best way to find what you're after in METEOR, if you know what you're looking for. However, if you aren't sure what you're looking for, we suggest browsing the collection.

If you are using METEOR without an account, your search can be restricted by metadata item type, the main types of registration statuses, and by registration authority. It is also possible to search on METEOR ID number directly. You can save items of interest by adding bookmarks.

If you are logged in to METEOR as a metadata developer, you will have some additional options to restrict the search by. In addition to metadata item type and registration authority, you can restrict your search to the full range of registration status options, change date and workgroup. If you need access as a metadata developer and haven't done the training yet, please contact us.

When you type into the search box, you will get autocomplete suggestions. This predictive text will help you see the METEOR entries that exist for the topic you're searching on, and make your searching process faster and easier.

METEOR has a great many filters. The options directly below the search text box provide ways of limiting your search to all of the 18 content types in METEOR (see Learn about metadata to view the full list), item creation dates, and item revision dates. The 'Topic' content type will search the 'non-database' pages in METEOR, and 'Help' will search all of the 'information' pop-up information boxes that are linked to each item.

  • Content Types (eg data element, glossary item, value domain, data quality statement, indicator, classification scheme)
  • Created or Revision Dates (eg Last hour, Today, This week, Last month, This year, and specific date ranges)

To search the 'non-metadata' content of the METEOR website, such as the pages explaining what metadata items are, restrict your search results to 'Topic'.

You can also sort the results of your search on a range of options:

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  • Most / Least recently updated
  • Alphabetical order (A–Z or Z–A)

You can further narrow down your results with the results categories that appear on the left side of the screen. These are: Registration Authority Status (Standard, Incomplete, Candidate, Superseded), Registration Authorities, Content Type, Stewards, Registration Statuses, and Submitting Organisations.

The 'Clear' button resets the Search page.

If you need to get finely-tuned results, this search engine uses Lucene search syntax. You can restrict your search to the titles of items by using Name: Searchterm, for instance, or hide words such as 'for' from the search by using backslashes, for example: \for\. Use "quote marks" to get an exact match with a word.

You can also use asterisks * for a wildcard search, which allows the search engine to replace any content with the asterisk. The METEOR wildcard search requires a precise format. It can only be inserted inside or at the end of a word, with at least one letter next to it (but not at the front of a word). The wildcard standing in isolation will also not work. For instance, ca*e* will bring up results for 'care', 'category', 'calendar' and 'cancer', while *cer or cancer * will not bring up any results.


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594080 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
A form of radiotherapy where a sealed source of radiation is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment. Brachytherapy involves the placement of a capsule containing a radioisotope that emits short-range radiation at the site of the malignant tumour. This allows the radiation to kill the surrounding tissue while preventing the radioisotope from moving or dissolving, and limiting the exposure of healthy tissue to radiation. Brachytherapy is a common treatment for prostate, cervical, ...
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436811 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
The treatment of disease by means of chemical substances or drugs, usually used in reference to neoplastic disease. Chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer achieves its antitumour effect through the use of antineoplastic drugs that inhibit the reproduction of cancer cells by interfering with DNA synthesis and mitosis.
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Core biopsy

598214 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
A section of tissue that has been removed in a way that preserves the histological architecture of the tissue's cells. A core biopsy procedure may be used to remove a section of tissue directly from an individual, or biopsy cores may be taken from a larger section of tissue that has been surgically removed from an individual. Core biopsies are most commonly performed as a diagnostic test for cancerous conditions.
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Hormone therapy

439580 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
The treatment of disease with hormones obtained from endocrine glands or substances that stimulate hormonal effects.
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437322 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
The application of immunologic knowledge and techniques to prevent and treat disease.
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545389 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
Large enough to be seen with the naked eye. For example, a macroscopic tumour is able to be seen without the aid of a microscope.
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437265 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
Radiotherapy is the treatment of disease by means of ionizing radiation.
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Sexual Health Inventory for Men

598116 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
A widely used 5 item scale for screening and diagnosis of erectile dysfunction (ED) and severity of ED in clinical practice and research. The Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) was developed as an abridged version of the 15 item International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF). Evaluations of the SHIM have indicated high sensitivity and specificity, moderate-to-high correlations with a single-item self-assessment of ED severity, and significant correlations with improvement in erectile dysfu...
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Surgical procedure

439584 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
Surgery is the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease, injury and deformity by physical operation or manipulation. Surgical procedure refers to the performance of an operation.
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Systemic therapy procedure

439586 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
A systemic therapy procedure is a medical procedure that affects the hormonal or immunologic balance of the patient. It includes endocrine therapy and haematologic transplants and is used to treat cancer.
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Treatment complication

546483 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
A short or long term side effect or critical event arising from a medical treatment generally within 30 days of treatment. This includes complications from surgical treatment, such as an unplanned return to theatre, infection or haemorrhage, or complication from drug treatment, such as hypertension or toxicity.
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