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Cancer Datasets

The following are the cancer datasets developed by the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting. Each has been developed by an expert panel. Each dataset includes Required and Recommended elements. These are suggested mandatory and optional items from the expert committee.

Required elements are those which are essential for the clinical management, staging or prognosis of the cancer. These elements will either have evidentiary support at Level III-2 or above (based on prognostic factors in the NHMRC levels of evidence1 document)a. In rare circumstances, where level III-2 evidence is not available an element may be Required where there is unanimous agreement in the expert committee. An appropriate staging system eg Pathological TNM staging would normally be included as a required element.

The datasets are provided in a number of formats:

  1. Bookmarked guide designed to be printed or viewed on screen. When viewed on a screen click on “Note n” and it will take you to the relevant note, then click on “back” to return to where you were in the guide.

  2. Hyperlinked guide designed to be viewed when connected to the internet. When online, click on any book icon to open the explanatory text on that element.

  3. A MS Word document which includes the dataset content to assist with implementation.

  4. A MS Excel document which includes the dataset content to assist with implementation (Please note that this version does not contain an images).

If you have any questions regarding the ICCR Datasets please email: ICCR@rcpa.edu.au

a Merlin T, Weston A and Tooher R (2009). Extending an evidence hierarchy to include topics other than treatment: revising the Australian 'levels of evidence'. BMC Medical Research Methodology 9(34).

Endometrial Cancer Dataset

This dataset has been developed for resection specimens of endometrial cancers. It is not applicable for small endometrial biopsy specimens.

Invasive Melanoma Dataset

This dataset has been developed for reporting of primary cutaneous invasive melanoma.

Lung Cancer Dataset

This dataset has been developed for resection specimens of lung cancer. It is not applicable for bronchoscopic and transthoracic biopsy specimens. Synchronous primary tumours should be reported separately.

Prostate Cancer Dataset (Radical Prostatectomy specimen)

This dataset has been developed for radical prostatectomy specimens for prostate carcinoma. It is not applicable for core biopsies and transurethral resection (TUR) specimens.