Cancer treatment—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Radiotherapy start date—cancer treatment|
|Definition:||The start date of the radiotherapy administered during the initial course of treatment for cancer, expressed as DDMMYYYY.|
|Data Element Concept:||Cancer treatment—radiotherapy start date|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||8|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Record the first or earliest date radiotherapy commenced for all courses of radiotherapy administered during the initial course of treatment. The initial course of treatment includes all treatments administered to the patient from diagnosis and before disease progression or recurrence.
The patient may receive more than one course of radiotherapy during the initial course of treatment. For example, in the treatment of cancer, radiotherapy may be administered to the primary site and the site of a distant metastasis. Record the start date for each course of treatment.
The start date of radiotherapy is recorded regardless of whether the course of treatment is completed as intended, and regardless of the intent or timing of treatment.
Record the start date for radiotherapy administered as external beam radiotherapy or brachytherapy. Do not include radiotherapy with unsealed radioisotopes.This item should be used when collecting information about cancer patient care for safety and quality monitoring and other public health purposes. If collecting radiotherapy start date to examine service volumes for the purpose of calculating radiotherapy waiting times use Patient—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY.
|Collection methods:||The radiotherapy commencement date(s) will typically be found in the radiation oncologist's summary letter for the initial course of treatment or in the radiotherapy treatment summary in the patient's medical record.|
|Comments:||Collecting the start and finish dates for treatment modalities will enable an estimate of treatment duration.|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Cancer Australia|
|Origin:||American College of Surgeons 1998. Standards of the Commission on Cancer: Registry Operations and Data Standards (ROADS), Volume II. Commission on Cancer|
|Related metadata references:|
Has been superseded by Cancer treatment—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY
See also Cancer treatment—brachytherapy indicator, yes/no code N
See also Cancer treatment—radiation dose administered, total Gray N[NN.NN]
See also Cancer treatment—radiotherapy completion date, DDMMYYYY
See also Cancer treatment—radiotherapy fractions administered, total fractions N[N]
See also Cancer treatment—radiotherapy target site, code N[N]
See also Cancer treatment—radiotherapy treatment type, code N[N]
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