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Date of Diagnosis: Colon/Rectum

  • Review all sources for first date of diagnosis

    • Physical exams

    • Imaging reports

    • Pathologic confirmation

    • Physicians’ and nurses’ notes

    • Consultation reports

Review the patient’s health record carefully to identify the date of first cancer diagnosis. Documentation may be found in the physical exam, imaging reports, pathology reports, physicians’ and nurses’ notes, and consultation reports. If a patient is receiving treatment at your facility and was diagnosed elsewhere, the date of diagnosis may be found in copies of reports forwarded from the diagnosing facility or in consultation reports. When determining diagnosis date, remember which ambiguous terms constitute a cancer diagnosis and which do not.

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