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Patient—diagnosis date (cancer), DDMMYYYY

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termDate of diagnosis of cancer
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270061
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 07/12/2011
Definition:Help on this termThe date when the cancer was first diagnosed (whether at its primary site or as a metastasis).
Context:Help on this termPatient administration system, cancer notification system, population cancer statistics, research.
Data Element Concept:Patient—diagnosis date

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termDate
Data type:Help on this termDate/Time
Format:Help on this termDDMMYYYY
Maximum character length:Help on this term8

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Date of diagnosis must be:

 >= date of birth

 <= date of death

Diagnosis of cancer after death:

If the patient is first diagnosed with the cancer in an autopsy report the date of diagnosis is the date of death as stated on the patient's death certificate.

Incidental diagnosis of cancer:

If a patient is admitted for another condition (for example a broken leg or pregnancy), and a cancer is diagnosed incidentally then the date of diagnosis is the date the cancer was diagnostically determined, not the admission date.

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Reporting rules:

The date of diagnosis is the date of the pathology report, if any, that first confirmed the diagnosis of cancer. This date may be found attached to a letter of referral or a patient's medical record from another institution or hospital. If this date is unavailable, or if no pathological test was done, then the date may be determined from one of the sources listed in the following sequence:

Date of the consultation at, or admission to, the hospital, clinic or institution when the cancer was first diagnosed. Note: DO NOT use the admission date of the current admission if the patient had a prior diagnosis of this cancer.

Date of first diagnosis as stated by a recognised medical practitioner or dentist. Note: This date may be found attached to a letter of referral or a patient's medical record from an institution or hospital.

Date the patient states they were first diagnosed with cancer. Note: This may be the only date available in a few cases (for example, patient was first diagnosed in a foreign country).

If components of the date are not known, an estimate should be provided where possible with an estimated date flag to indicate that it is estimated. If an estimated date is not possible, a standard date of 15 June 1900 should be used with a flag to indicate the date is not known.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

International agency for research on cancer

World Health Organisation

International Association of Cancer Registries

Reference documents:Help on this termModified from the definition presented by the New South Wales Inpatient Statistics Collection Manual 2000/2001

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Date of diagnosis of cancer, version 1, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (16.3 KB)

Has been superseded by Patient—diagnosis date of cancer, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 07/12/2011

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Breast cancer (Cancer registries) DSS Health, Superseded 01/09/2012

Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 07/12/2005

Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 06/03/2009

Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 07/12/2011

Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
National Healthcare Agreement: P04-Incidence of selected cancers, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: P44-Survival of people diagnosed with cancer, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 02-Incidence of selected cancers, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 02-Incidence of selected cancers, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 04-Incidence of selected cancers, 2011 Health, Superseded 30/10/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 04-Incidence of selected cancers, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24-Survival of people diagnosed with notifiable cancers, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24-Survival of people diagnosed with notifiable cancers, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24-Survival of people diagnosed with notifiable cancers, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24–Survival of people diagnosed with notifiable cancers, 2016 Health, Superseded 31/01/2017
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24–Survival of people diagnosed with notifiable cancers, 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24–Survival of people diagnosed with notifiable cancers, 2018 Health, Superseded 19/06/2019
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24–Survival of people diagnosed with notifiable cancers, 2019 Health, Superseded 13/03/2020
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 44-Survival of people diagnosed with cancer, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 44-Survival of people diagnosed with cancer, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013
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