Version 02.03


 Coding Instructions


CSv02.03 is effective for all reportable cases diagnosed 1/1/2011-12/31/2011.  Therefore, CSv02.03 will have to be implemented before the processing of any 2011 cases. After CSv02.03 has been implemented, all cases need to be processed under CSv02.03 regardless of diagnosis year. Please see the individual standard-setter requirements for more specific information. 


HTML Online Help Version of CS Instructions Now Available

The Collaborative Stage (CS) team has released the v.02.03 coding instructions and schemas in an alternate format, HTML online help. The content of Part I is identical to the content of the PDF version. The content of Part II (the schemas) is expanded to include additional extra tables not included in the PDF format, especially useful for those who do CS training or perform quality control of CS data. The HTML online help system combines an index for Parts I and II, includes full text searching capability, and has multiple navigation methods. HTML online help systems are familiar to most users. Online help appears in a browser window using the standard Microsoft® HTML Help interface, with selected features enabled by third-party tools.

Click these links to download installation instructions and the HTML online help system.

A Note for Mac Users
Recommendation is to suggest that the user download an app for their Mac that can read chm files. 

A Few Suggested Apps


At least some of these are free. That would be the simplest and most economical solution for these low-volume non-Windows users.
Two other suggestions:  make sure user knows that they can access the HTML versions of the schemas from the CS website and suggest that user talk to the tech support for their abstracting device about options for installing the manual.  The compiled help does need to be installed on the local machine and not a network drive but this depends on the kind of device they are working on and whether they could use the manual from the cloud.

 Standard Setters Requirments Database


Each standard-setting group has specific requirements and recommendations for implementation of CS Version 02.03. Click on the links below to download the individual requirements. Where necessary, refer to individual program or central cancer registry requirements for additional information.

CoC/SEER Combined Requirements for Site-specific Factors
(Please Note: The required CS Site Specific Factors for CoC and SEER are identical).
This valuable working tool is color coded to highlight the site-specific factors (SSF) required for staging, obsolete SSF’s, clinically significant SSFs, as well as those not required. This file was updated on 3/17/2011. Please disregard previous versions.

 Hyperlinked Coding Instructions

The Collaborative Stage (CS) Team has created Hyperlinked Coding Instructions to make coding CS easier and quicker for the cancer registrars.  We have created a base installation program to hyperlink version 02.03 of the CS Coding Instructions and Schemas to make navigation through the Coding Instructions and voluminous schema tables much quicker and easier. The ability to add highlights and sticky notes has been enabled to all parts of the Coding Instructions and the link to Open Site Specific Notes has been repaired.

Users should refer to these instructions, which are also included in the download, for detailed instructions of how to use the Hyperlinked Coding Instruction.