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Information For Patients

Cancer patients are frequently frightened and in need of information from the basic to the highly detailed. Finding the best, informative and trusted information among the 15,000 plus health related Web sites is a daunting task. In response, the US government has set up the Cancer Information Service which combines the best information for patients from the National Cancer Institutes various information resources.

The Web sites listed below provide general information about various types of cancer, the different methods of treatment, and resources to assist in locating additional information. 

  • The National Cancer Institute is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The Web site contains information about cancer research and treatment, upcoming events at NCI, and links to cancer information resources.

  • National Cancer Institute publications and materials may now be ordered or viewed online at the Publications Locator Web site. Instructions and helpful Frequently Asked Questions for how to use this site are available.

  • The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Facts are a collection of fact sheets that address a variety of cancer topics. 

  • The National Cancer Institute's What You Need to Know About™. . . publication series provides information on many types of cancer. Each publication includes information about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, emotional issues, and questions to ask your doctor.

  • The National Cancer Institute's CancerNet™ Web site provides cancer information for the public, health professionals, and basic researchers. CancerNet contains information from PDQ®, NCI's comprehensive cancer database, including summaries on cancer treatment, screening, prevention, and supportive care, and information on ongoing clinical trials. Other information found on this site includes CANCERLIT®, NCI's bibliographic database; useful links to other Web sites; links to National Cancer Institute resources in Spanish; and other NCI information.

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Cancer Liaison Program works closely with cancer patients and cancer patient advocacy programs to provide them with information about FDA drug approval process, cancer clinical trials, and access to investigational therapies. 

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