Cancer treatment—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Radiotherapy start date—cancer treatment
METeOR identifier:561469
Registration status:Health, Standard 08/05/2014
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018
Definition:The start date of the radiotherapy administered during the course of treatment for cancer, expressed as DDMMYYYY.

Data element concept attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Data element concept:Cancer treatment—radiotherapy start date
METeOR identifier:561467
Registration status:Health, Standard 08/05/2014
Definition:The start date of the radiotherapy administered during the course of treatment for cancer.
Object class:Cancer treatment
Property:Radiotherapy start date

Value domain attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Value domain:Date DDMMYYYY
METeOR identifier:270566
Registration status:Housing assistance, Standard 01/03/2005
Health, Standard 01/03/2005
Early Childhood, Standard 21/05/2010
Homelessness, Standard 23/08/2010
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 31/08/2016
WA Health, Endorsed 06/03/2014
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012
Indigenous, Endorsed 11/08/2014
Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015
Disability, Standard 07/10/2014
Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005
Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Not progressed 15/04/2019
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
ACT Health, Final 19/07/2018
Definition:The day of a particular month and year.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Date
Data type:Date/Time
Format:DDMMYYYY
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 course of treatment.

The patient may receive more than one course of radiotherapy during the 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 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

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

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

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

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

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

Supersedes Cancer treatment—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY Health, Superseded 08/05/2014

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

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

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

See also Person with cancer—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY WA Health, Endorsed 01/06/2017

See also Person with cancer—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

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