Rapid Cancer Registration Dataset

The Rapid Cancer Registration Dataset contains proxy tumour registrations and some associated events on the cancer patient pathway (e.g. surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy) from January 2018 to the most recently available data on cancer diagnoses. This rapid dataset provides a quicker, indicative source of cancer data compared to the gold standard registration process, which relies on additional data sources, enhanced follow-up with trusts and expert processing by cancer registration officers. Due to the lower quality of the rapid registration data, the data will not match the eventual National Statistics published on the full registration data.

A webinar on the new dataset exploring its purpose, structure, and data quality overview is available here. A full explanation of the creation methodology and data quality caveats (due to the rapid automated creation process without additional data curation) behind this dataset is available for each monthly snapshot of the data:

The rapid cancer registrations data is available to request through the Office for Data Release; a rapid cancer registration data dictionary should be completed by prospective applicants after reading the associated guidance and reviewing the data quality documentation as there are a number of limitations of the dataset which may impact on whether it is suitable to the applicant’s needs.

NCRAS is utilising the new rapid cancer registrations data to report on monthly changes in the number of diagnoses of cancer by cancer site, and monthly changes in the volume of tumour resection procedures undertaken. These outputs will be available soon.