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* 1. While undertaking case finding and abstraction you come across the following dates in a patient’s file. Upon ascertaining that the case is reportable pick a higher priority date as the incidence date.

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* 2. A cancer registrar came upon a case that had been abstracted two months before. The date of incidence then was based on outpatient notes by a clinician whose conclusion was "suspected gastric tumour". The registrar has noticed that there is a biopsy report in the file with a diagnosis “Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST)”. The registrar is not sure whether to change the date or not. What is your advice?

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* 3. Survival analysis is only possible when up to date follow up of patients has been undertaken and last contact date information documented.

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* 4. It is possible to do follow-up of patients even when vital information such as name, telephone number, address or a unique identifier are missing.

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* 5. Cancer registries review the death certificate in order to identify a single, disease-specific, underlying cause of death, which may or may not be the cancer.

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