Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Chemotherapy start date|
|Definition:||The start date of chemotherapy administered during the course of treatment for cancer, expressed as DDMMYYYY.|
|Data Element Concept:||Cancer treatment—chemotherapy start date|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||8|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Chemotherapy is cancer treatment that achieves its antitumour effect through the use of antineoplastic drugs that inhibit the reproduction of cancer cells by interfering with DNA synthesis and mitosis.
Record the first or earliest date chemotherapy was administered during the course of treatment.
The start date of the chemotherapy is recorded regardless of whether the course of treatment is completed as intended, and regardless of the intent or timing of chemotherapy.
Multiple entries are not permitted.
Dates relating to targeted therapies using a chemotherapy agent are included. Targeted therapies are treatments that use drugs or other substances to identify and attack specific cancer cells.Dates of surgery, radiotherapy and other systemic treatments are collected as separate items. However, if a patient receives treatment with a protocol that includes different types of systemic therapy agents, for example, a chemotherapy agent and a hormone therapy agent, record the start date of treatment in both relevant data items.
|Collection methods:||The information should be obtained from 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|
American College of Surgeons 2002. Facility Oncology Registry Data Standards (FORDS), 2009 revision. Commission on CancerAmerican College of Surgeons 1998. Standards of the Commission on Cancer: Registry Operations and Data Standards (ROADS), Volume II. Commission on Cancer
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Cancer treatment—chemotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY
See also Cancer treatment—chemotherapy completion date, DDMMYYYY
See also Cancer treatment—chemotherapy cycles administered, number of cycles N[NN]
See also Cancer treatment—systemic therapy agent or protocol, text X[X(149)]
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