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Patient—diagnosis date of 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 term416129
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 07/12/2011
Definition:Help on this termThe date on which the patient was first diagnosed with cancer (whether at its primary site or as a metastasis), expressed as DDMMYYYY.
Data Element Concept:Patient—diagnosis date of cancer

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:

  • Greater than or equal to date of birth
  • Less than or equal to 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 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. Additionally, a date accuracy indicator should be recorded in conjunction with the estimated date.

Comments:Help on this termPatient administration system, cancer notification system, population cancer statistics, research.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termCancer Australia
Origin:Help on this term

International Agency for Research on Cancer

World Health Organization

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

See also Cancer staging—date of cancer staging, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 04/02/2015

Supersedes Patient—diagnosis date (cancer), DDMMYYYY Health, Superseded 07/12/2011

See also Person with cancer—date of initial primary health care consultation, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 04/02/2015

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Bowel cancer diagnosed cluster Health, Superseded 06/09/2018

Bowel cancer diagnosed cluster Health, Standard 06/09/2018

Bowel cancer diagnosed cluster Health, Standardisation pending 26/09/2019

Breast cancer (cancer registries) NBPDS Health, Standard 01/09/2012

Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 08/05/2014

Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 14/05/2015

Cancer (clinical) NBPDS Health, Standard 14/05/2015

Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: PI 07-Interval cancer rate Health, Superseded 06/09/2018
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: PI 07-Interval cancer rate Health, Standard 06/09/2018
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 02-Incidence of selected cancers, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 02–Incidence of selected cancers, 2016 Health, Superseded 31/01/2017
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 02–Incidence of selected cancers, 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 02–Incidence of selected cancers, 2018 Health, Superseded 19/06/2019
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 02–Incidence of selected cancers, 2019 Health, Standard 19/06/2019
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