The Rapid Cancer Registration Data set 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 data set 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 RCRD data set exploring its purpose, structure, and data quality overview is available on the our YouTube channel.
Data access and data dictionary
The rapid cancer registrations data is available to request through the Data Access Request Service.
A rapid cancer registration data dictionary should be completed by prospective applicants.
Data quality reports
The team produces a monthly data quality report, which provides 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.
These can be downloaded from the resources section of this page.
Using RCRD to measure stage
The team have also created guidance on using the RCRD to measure progress against the 75% staging ambition.