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Cancer treatment—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termRadiotherapy start date—cancer treatment
METeOR identifier:Help on this term393497
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 08/05/2014
Definition:Help on this termThe 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

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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

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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:Help on this termThe 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:Help on this termCollecting the start and finish dates for treatment modalities will enable an estimate of treatment duration.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termCancer Australia
Origin:Help on this termAmerican College of Surgeons 1998. Standards of the Commission on Cancer: Registry Operations and Data Standards (ROADS), Volume II. Commission on Cancer

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See also Cancer treatment—brachytherapy dose rate, code N Health, Standard 04/02/2015

See also Cancer treatment—brachytherapy indicator, yes/no code N Health, Standard 14/05/2015

See also Cancer treatment—radiation dose administered, total Gray N[NN.NN] Health, Superseded 08/05/2014

See also Cancer treatment—radiotherapy completion date, DDMMYYYY Health, Superseded 08/05/2014

See also Cancer treatment—radiotherapy fractions administered, total fractions N[N] Health, Superseded 08/05/2014

Has been superseded by Cancer treatment—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 08/05/2014, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

See also Cancer treatment—radiotherapy target site, code N[N] Health, Superseded 08/05/2014

See also Cancer treatment—radiotherapy treatment type, code N[N] Health, Superseded 08/05/2014

See also Patient—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 07/12/2011, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Radiotherapy for cancer cluster Health, Superseded 08/05/2014

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