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National Cancer Data Base - Data Dictionary PUF 2015

Summary of 2015 PUF User File Changes as of 10/16/2017

The following changes have been made to the 2015 PUF:

An additional diagnosis year of data was added: PUF data files now include cases diagnosed in 2004-2015.

Changes to existing variables:

Charlson/Deyo Score (CDCC_TOTAL_BEST)
This value is now based on the higher of the ICD-9 comorbid conditions score and the ICD-10 comorbid conditions score. The values have also been expanded to include 3 or more as the highest value. In the prior PUF versions, a score of 2 or more was the highest value.

AJCC Clinical T (TNM_CLIN_T), AJCC Clinical N (TNM_CLIN_N), AJCC Clinical M (TNM_CLIN_M),
AJCC Pathologic T (TNM_PATH_T), AJCC Pathologic N (TNM_PATH_N), AJCC Pathologic M (TNM_PATH_M)
These TNM values now include either a ‘c’ (clinical) or ‘p’ (pathologic) prefix.

PUF Vital Status (PUF_Vital_Status)
This item is now available for cases diagnosed through 2014.

Last Contact or Death, Months from Dx (DX_LASTCONTACT_DEATH_MONTHS)
This item is now available for cases diagnosed through 2014.

Ninety Day Mortality (PUF_90_DAY_MORT_CD)
This item is now available for cases diagnosed through 2014.

Thirty Day Mortality (PUF_30_DAY_MORT_CD)
This item is now available for cases diagnosed through 2014.

New variables

Diagnostic and Staging Procedure at this Facility (RX_HOSP_DXSTG_PROC)

Palliative Care at this Facility (PALLIATIVE_CARE_HOSP)