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released: 14 Oct 2004 author: Health Data Standards Committee

Data Set Specifications (DSS) are metadata sets that are not mandated for collection but are recommended as best practice. This metadata set is primarily concerned with the clinical use of cancer data. While the use of this standard is voluntary, it should be used by health and health-related establishments that create, use or maintain, records on health care clients. The Cancer (clinical) DSS aims to ensure national consistency in relation to defining, monitoring and recording information on patients diagnosed with cancer.

ISSN 1329 4555; ISBN 978 1 74024 288 2; Cat. no. HWI 71; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Foreword
    • Preface
    • Introduction
    • Contents
  • Sections
    • Cancer (clinical) dss
    • Address line
    • Cancer initial treatment - completion date
    • Cancer initial treatment - starting date
    • Cancer staging - m stage code
    • Cancer staging - n stage code
    • Cancer staging - t stage code
    • Cancer staging - tnm stage grouping code
    • Cancer treatment type
    • Cancer treatment - target site
    • Date of birth
    • Date of death
    • Date of diagnosis of cancer
    • Date of diagnosis of first recurrence
    • Date of surgical treatment for cancer
    • Establishment number
    • Family name
    • Given name(s)
    • Histopathological grade
    • Initial treatment episode for cancer
    • Intention of treatment for cancer
    • Laterality of primary cancer
    • Medicare card number
    • Morphology of cancer
    • Most valid basis of diagnosis of cancer
    • Oestrogen receptor assay status
    • Outcome of initial treatment
    • Person identifier
    • Primary site of cancer
    • Progesterone receptor assay status
    • Radiotherapy treatment type
    • Received radiation dose
    • Region of first recurrence
    • Regional lymph nodes examined
    • Regional lymph nodes positive
    • Sex
    • Staging basis
    • Staging scheme source
    • Staging scheme source edition number
    • Surgical treatment procedure for cancer
    • Systemic therapy agent name
    • Tumour size at diagnosis - solid tumours
    • Tumour thickness at diagnosis - melanoma

Recommended citation

Health Data Standards Committee 2004. Data set specification, cancer (clinical): National Health Data Dictionary version 12 supplement. National Health Data Dictionary. Cat. no. HWI 71. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 July 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467642>.

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