Version 02.05

 

 About this Release

 

CSv2 version 02.05.50 must be used to code all cases diagnosed on or after January 1, 2014. Once version 02.05.50 is implemented in a registry, it should be used to code all newly abstracted cases diagnosed from 2004 forward. (2004 was the first year for which Collaborative Stage was collected.) Therefore, the item CS Version Input Original [NAACCR item number 2935] must be 020550 or greater for cases diagnosed in 2014 or abstracted using version 02.05.50. Once version 02.05.50 is implemented in a registry, and existing CS data have been converted according to specifications provided, all cases with CS data coded in prior versions should have all output stage fields re-derived using the algorithm of the new version 02.05.50. Therefore, all cases with CS data will be expected to have CS Version Derived [NAACCR item number 2936] of 020550 after implementation and conversion. 

Highlights of the CSv02.05 release:

  • The new release will be effective for all cases diagnosed January 1, 2014 and later

  • Details of the changes are provided in the Release Notes for v02.05 document.For the schema changes, the Release Notes specify every coding table or extra table that was affected in the update.

  • The Collaborative Staging Library (DLL) remains unchanged, aside from accessing the revised schemas.

  • A data conversion utility is provided to update cases from v02.04 to v02.05 as part of a more general conversion from NAACCR version 13/CSv02.04 to NAACCR version 14/CSv02.05.

  • Release 02.05 includes a new database which contains specifications on which CS variables are required by each standard setting organization.This information is accessible at the following link: http://seer.cancer.gov/csreqstatus
 

 Implementation

 

If you have not yet implemented CS version 02.00.01 (released January 2010), 02.01.00 (released February 2010), 02.02.00 (released April 2010), 02.03.02 (released December 2010), or 02.04.40 (released December 2011), you must do so before implementing this new release.  All conversion specifications and implementation instructions published for the initial version 2 releases must be followed prior to conversion to v02.05.50.  An Implementation Guide has been provided which documents the steps required to implement v02.05:

​CDC has provided Northcon140 and a DLL that will perform the conversions and derivations from CS version 02.0x to CS version 02.05. See the section “Program to Convert from Collaborative Stage Version 02.04 to Version 02.05” under the Conversion tab.

 
 

 Software

 

Collaborative Stage Data Collection System version 02.05.50 resolves problems affecting stage output and addresses as many other issues as time permitted. The code changes in v02.05 are much smaller in number and review requirements are fewer than in prior releases of CSv2. The last two digits of the version number are 50 because lower numbers have been designated to mark cases undergoing conversion to version 02.05.50. Instructions for applying the version numbers are provided in the conversion documentation and Implementation Guide portions of the release materials.

The contents of the zip file include the following in separate folders

  • Release Information and Implementation Documents

  • Collaborative Stage Library (DLL)

  • Collaborative Stage Tables

  • CS Coding Instructions

  • Testing and Utility Files

Standard Setters Requirements Database

With the release of CSv2 version 02.05, standard-setter requirements are being provided via a new website which contains specifications on which CS variables are required by each standard setting organization.  This information is accessible at the following link: http://seer.cancer.gov/csreqstatus/

 
 

 Standard Setters Requirements Database

 

With the release of CSv2 version 02.05, standard-setter requirements are being provided via a new website which contains specifications on which CS variables are required by each standard setting organization.  This information is accessible at the following link: http://seer.cancer.gov/csreqstatus/

 

 Conversion

 

A data conversion will be required to implement v02.05. While there are no new, converted, or obsoleted codes, there are changes to derivation of some stage data items.  The conversion must be performed to update the NAACCR CS Version fields and all stages must be re-derived. The Implementation Guide provides the information required for the conversion of cases from version 02.04 to version 02.05. Please note that all case data must have been converted to v02.04 before applying these conversion specifications to v02.05. A conversion program to convert cases from v02.04 to v02.05 has been provided. See the section Program to Convert from Collaborative Stage v02.04 to v02.05 below.

Program to Convert from Collaborative Stage Version 02.04 to 02.05

CDC provides a conversion program and function libraries for CSv02.05.  The program Northcon140 converts data from NAACCR 13/CSv02.04 format to NAACCR 14/CSv02.05.  Northcon140 is included as part of  the release zip file, or it may be downloaded separately from the CDC-NPCR Web page.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The specifications for conversion to the most current version of Collaborative Stage are not cumulative. They do not repeat the conversion specifications for any previous conversion. All earlier conversions must be successfully performed, in order, before converting to the current version. Any registry that has not performed these prior conversions should refer to the conversion documents posted on the CS website.

 

 Additional Support Files

 
CS Defaults version 02.05.50 Dated 2013-10-14

An Excel spreadsheet which provides the default values for the CSv0205 data fields for Death Certificate Only (DCO) cases originally coded under CS v02.05.50. The spreadsheet is organized by schema and is for cases which have a behavior code of 3. Instructions are included.

CS Defaults version020550 Dated 2013_10_14

CSv2 Valid Invalid & Obsolete Code Tables v.02.05.50

Valid, Invalid, and Obsolete Codes Tables: Excel Spreadsheets are provided which show schema-specific valid and invalid values for each field for CS version 02.05.50. An Excel spreadsheet is also included which contains the obsolete codes for version 02.05.50. Please note that the obsolete spreadsheet has a table for each obsolete code type and one of all obsolete codes combined. These three spreadsheets are not mutually exclusive since the obsolete codes are also contained in the valid code list.

CSv2_Valid_Invalid_&_Obsolete_Code_Tables_v020550

NAACCRv14 Valid Invalid v.02.05.50 2013-11-13

Test Cases for the Algorithm:  Vendors have expressed an interest in obtaining test records which have a known behavior when the CS algorithm is run on them. Two sets of random test cases, one for valid CS codes (valid.NAACCRv14.in.v020550.txt) and one set with one and only one CS invalid code (invalid.NAACCRv14.in.v020550.txt) in each record were generated from the XML files. These input files (.in.) are in NAACCR v14 format (LRECL = 3339) and only contain the CS input fields and other fields necessary for the DLL to successfully run. On the input file, the record is un-staged, i.e., all derived CS fields are blank. These files can be used as input to the corresponding version of the CS algorithm (v020550). The output files (.out.) contain the staging results generated by the CSv2 algorithm. When staging the Valid “in” file, no errors should be generated by the algorithm. When staging the Invalid “in” file, one specific error message should be generated per data record. Please note that each record of the invalid “out” file contains the first 200 characters of the error message generated by the CSv2 algorithm. The error message has been written to column 1236 (Reserved 05).

NAACCRv14_Valid_Invalid_v020550_2013_11_13

Testing the CS Algorithm

Tools to ensure that your software program calculates stage correctly.

Test-O-Matic – is an interactive Windows program that is useful for exploring Collaborative Stage tables and deriving stage. For more detailed information, please refer to CSv1 Test-o-Matic description.