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National Cancer Data Base - Data Dictionary PUF 2015

Location of Radiation Therapy

DD_category: 
PUF Data Item Name: 
RAD_LOCATION_OF_RX
NAACCR Item #: 
1550
length: 
1
Allowable values: 
0-4, 8, 9
Description: 
Identifies the location where radiation therapy was administered during the first course of treatment, as "at the reporting facility" or "elsewhere".
Registry Coding Instructions: 

If the radiation treatment was provided to prolong a patient’s life by controlling symptoms, to alleviate pain, or to make the patient more comfortable, then also record the radiation administered in the items Palliative Care (NAACCR Item #3270) and/or Palliative Care at This Facility (NAACCR Item #3280), as appropriate.

Analytic Note: 

This item is reported as an optional item per the ROADS manual for cases diagnosed between January 1, 1996, and December 31, 2002, and required by FORDS thereafter.

Code Label Definition
0 None No radiation therapy was administered to the patient. Diagnosed at autopsy.
1 All radiation treatment at this facility All radiation therapy was administered at the reporting facility.
2 Regional treatment at this facility, boost elsewhere Regional treatment was administered at the reporting facility; a boost dose was administered elsewhere
3 Boost radiation at this facility, regional elsewhere Regional treatment was administered elsewhere; a boost dose was administered at the reporting facility.
4 All radiation treatment elsewhere All radiation therapy was administered elsewhere.
8 Other Radiation therapy was administered, but the pattern does not fit the above categories.
9 Unknown Radiation therapy was administered, but the location of the treatment facility is unknown or not stated in patient record; it is unknown whether radiation therapy was administered. Death certificate only.