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Date: January 2019


Any malignant tumour positively diagnosed with histological confirmation and characterised by the uncontrolled growth of malignant cells and invasion of tissue.

The term malignant tumour includes leukaemia, sarcoma and lymphoma except cutaneous lymphoma (lymphoma confined to the skin).

For the above definition, the following are not covered:

  • All cancers which are histologically classified as any of the following:
    • pre-malignant;
    • non-invasive;
    • cancer in situ;
    • having borderline malignancy; or
    • having low malignant potential.
  • All tumours of the prostate unless histologically classified as having a Gleason score of 7 or above or having progressed to at least TNM classification T2bN0M0.
  • Any skin cancer (including cutaneous lymphoma) other than:
    • malignant melanoma that has been histologically classified as having caused invasion beyond the epidermis (outer layer of skin);
    • basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma that has invaded and spread to lymph nodes or metastasised to distant organs.

Last updated December 2015


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