section offers fact sheets and patient-oriented publications on a range of
dictionary of cancer
terms, prepared literature searches on specific
and slide show
concepts are also available.
Web site provides comprehensive information about clinical trials at
Information is available about recent
research, what clinical trials are and how they work, and points to consider
when deciding whether to participate in a clinical trial.
A simple-to-use search
tool is available for
those interested in finding trials for a specific
cancer, in a
certain geographic region,
or for a
particular type of treatment.
NewsCenter Web page at http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/
on the Internet
background information about many of the Institute’s programs and resources,
as well as an
NCI News distribution list that allows individuals to receive NCI news
updates as soon as
posted to the Cancer.gov
The Institute also offers the NCI
Internet. The Bulletin provides useful and
authoritative news about
including important NCI programs and
cancer information is available to patients and their families,
and health professionals through the NCI’s
Information Service (CIS).
national information and education network, also serves as a resource for
education and outreach
to minority audiences and people with limited access to health care
services. The CIS responds to calls in English and Spanish.
telephone number for
(1–800–422–6237). Deaf and hard of hearing callers with
equipment may call 1–800–332–8615. Hours of operation are Monday through
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.
Web site provides background information on the CIS and links
resources and other
cancer-related Government Web sites.
CIS Web site is located at
on the Internet.
also offers additional Web sites and services, described below, that are
accessible directly or through NCI’s main Web site at http://www.cancer.gov
on the Internet.
NCI’s Publications Locator Web site can be used to order or view
publications online at
NCI materials may be identified by topic or searched by
keyword, type of cancer,
subject, audience, and/or language.
The site includes instructions and Frequently Asked Questions. Currently, only Internet users
within the United States
can use the Publications Locator to order
NCI’s LiveHelp service, which is available through the Help link on
the NCI’s Web site, provides
Internet users with the ability to chat online with an information
specialist in English.
The service is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Information specialists can help Internet users navigate NCI Web sites,
search for clinical
trials, and find answers to questions about
The National Library of Medicine
National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world’s largest medical library.
The NLM is
open to the public, and its databases can be used to search for journal
article references and
abstracts (summaries of
articles) without charge or registration.
The NLM’s databases can be
accessed on the Internet and may also be available through some local
university, public, and medical
MEDLINE®, the NLM’s premier bibliographic database, contains over 12 million
references to articles
published since 1966. It is the
computerized version of Index Medicus, with
entries and references from more than 4,000 medical journals published
covers all aspects of the life sciences and medicine, including
alternative medicine and toxicology (the biological effects of drugs and
searching MEDLINE, readers can find journal
specific topics (such as
cancer) and, in many
cases, can retrieve abstracts of the
in the databases.