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  • Updated: 12/16/2009

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Sites That Address Specific Cancers

American Cancer Society (ACS)
The ACS is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization. Its Web site and the ACS free phone line provide information on cancer treatment, early detection, and prevention, as well as cancer statistics and information on a variety of services available to cancer patients and their families.

Asian Pacific Islander Cancer Education Materials Tool
This tool provides links to cancer-related information resources in Asian and Pacific Islander languages.

Cancer Information Japan (site in Japanese)
Maintained by the Translational Research Informatics Center in Kobe, Japan, this site provides Japanese translations of NCI's PDQ cancer information summaries and other cancer-related information.

This site for patients, their families, and friends is provided by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The site has an overview of cancer as well as detailed information on many types of cancer. It also gives access to ASCO resources, including treatment guidelines and research abstracts from annual ASCO meetings.

This site, a joint project of the Children's Oncology Group and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, offers an overview of childhood cancer as well as specific information for childhood cancer patients, their families, and health professionals.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' healthfinder® is a free gateway to reliable consumer health information. It links to online publications, clearinghouses, databases, Web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as to government agencies and nonprofit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.

LIVESTRONG provides services and resources to people and families affected by cancer and empowers communities to take action in the fight against this disease. Its Web site includes information on a broad range of cancer survivorship topics, including physical, emotional, and practical topics.

MedlinePlus: Cancers
This is a cancer-specific section of MedlinePlus, an online service of the National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus gives access to medical literature and other health information and has numerous links to other sites.
This site makes aging-related health information easily accessible for people seeking reliable, easy-to-understand online health information. It was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, with information from the NCI and other components of the NIH. Topics include breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers.

OncoLink, from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, presents cancer information for patients and health care professionals.


Clinical Practice Guidelines
This section of the Web site for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers agency-supported clinical practice guidelines as well as guidelines on other topics.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance of 19 major U.S. cancer centers. Its Web site includes the extensive "NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology" (free, online registration is required) and the NCCN/American Cancer Society "Treatment Guidelines for Patients." Some of the treatment guidelines are also available in Spanish.

National Guideline Clearinghouse
This site contains evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. It is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans.

National Marrow Donor Program
The National Marrow Donor Program was created to improve the effectiveness of the search for bone marrow donors. It has a registry of potential bone marrow donors and provides free information on bone marrow transplantation, peripheral blood stem cell transplantation, and unrelated-donor stem cell transplantation including the use of umbilical cord blood.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
This site, from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, presents evidence-based information for oncologists and health care professionals on herbs, botanicals, vitamins, and other supplements. It includes a clinical summary for each agent, as well as details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems.

Cure-ious? Ask
A Web site from the Federal Trade Commission with information for cancer patients about how to spot and report false health claims and the importance of talking with their physicians about treatments they are considering.

Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer
This site provides information on pediatric cancers and complementary/alternative therapies. The Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer is in the Division of Pediatric Oncology at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
NCCAM, at the National Institutes of Health, facilitates and supports basic and applied research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities. It sponsors training for researchers and disseminates information about CAM therapies to practitioners and the public.

Cancer Centers

See the NCI Cancer Centers Program.


FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
This national nonprofit organization provides information about hereditary risk for breast and ovarian cancer, genetic testing, and ways to manage and live with the condition of being at high risk for these cancers. Support resources include a toll-free information line and online chat room.

Human Genome Project Information
This primer, from the U.S. Department of Energy, covers basic science, the Human Genome Project, what we know so far, ELSI, medicine, benefits, future scientific challenges, and more.

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
NHGRI is a component of the National Institutes of Health. Its Web site provides information on the Human Genome Project, as well as numerous links to genome mapping and sequence databases and genome centers.

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man
This database of human genes and genetic disorders is provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.

This site offers online training for health care professionals in how to provide clinical tobacco interventions, based on an NCI educational program, Help Your Patients Be Tobacco Free.

Screening/Testing for Cancer

Mammography Facilities
Part of the larger U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) site, this list of FDA-certified mammography facilities can be searched by ZIP Code or state. The list is updated regularly.

Coping with Cancer/Support Information

Cancer Pain Release
Cancer Pain Release is published by the World Health Organization's Pain and Palliative Care Communications Program and focuses on improvement of cancer and HIV pain control and palliative care. The publication is dedicated to keeping a worldwide and multidisciplinary audience in the health professions and government abreast of relevant information and developments in clinical medicine, education, and policy.

Cancer Treatment and Oral Health
This site, from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), has information for health professionals and patients on preventing and managing oral complications of cancer treatment. NIDCR is a component of the National Institutes of Health.
Information for cancer patients and their loved ones about the potential impacts of cancer and cancer treatments on fertility, fertility preservation options, and how to discuss these issues with a doctor. Videos and animations are included to aid in understanding the issues.

Cancer Literature

ASCO: Abstracts
Search the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO's) database of annual meeting abstracts of clinical cancer research results.

This site, from the National Library of Medicine's National Center for Biotechnology Information, links to journals for which links to the full text have been provided to PubMed. User registration, a subscription fee, or some other type of fee may be required to access the full text of articles for some journals.

NLM Gateway
NLM Gateway allows users to search online in multiple retrieval systems at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), including EDLINE/PubMed, MedlinePlus, and

Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program

See NCI's Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program.

Clinical Trials provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. A service of the National Institutes of Health developed by the National Library of Medicine. is a free and confidential cancer clinical trial matching and referral service.

Cancer Statistics

American Cancer Society (ACS): Statistics
This resource is part of the main ACS Web site. It offers statistics on cancer occurrence, including the number of deaths and cases, and how long people survive after diagnosis.

CDC: National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)
State and national cancer data from NPCR and other sources.

Research Resources

Research Training & Scientific Resources at NIH
This section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Web site features scientific resources at NIH.

Other Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
This site contains information from the offices and centers of the AHRQ, a Public Health Service agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The site has health-related news and resources, plus information for consumers and a catalog of information products.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
AACR is a scientific society of laboratory and clinical cancer researchers. Its Web site contains information on AACR membership, meetings, journals, and conferences.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
ASCO is a professional organization of health-care practitioners who have a predominant interest in oncology. Its Web site includes links to publications and information on clinical practice guidelines and ASCO meetings and policies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC's Web site provides publications, travelers' health information, statistics, and training, employment, and other information. CDC is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Authorized by Congress to enforce the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and several other public health laws, the FDA monitors the manufacture, import, transport, storage, and sale of $1 trillion worth of goods annually.

National Center for Biotechnology Information
This site, for a division of the National Library of Medicine, includes GenBank, the National Institutes of Health genetic sequence database, as well as other sources of biomedical information.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
NIEHS, one of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health, studies human health and disease as they relate to environmental factors, individual susceptibility, and age.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It consists of 27 institutes and centers that conduct medical research for the Federal Government.

National Toxicology Program (NTP)
NTP is an interagency program headquartered at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Its Web site includes information about chemicals and agents with the potential for adversely impacting public health.
This site is sponsored by the Office on Women's Health, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It provides a broad array of reliable, commercial-free health publications and referrals to health-related organizations for women. Some of this information is available in Spanish.

Office of Minority Health (OMH)
OMH was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its Web site contains information on a variety of subjects that affect the health of racial and ethnic populations, including cancer.

Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT)
PACT was created by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in response to the developing world's growing cancer crisis. PACT aims to help developing countries build a comprehensive, sustainable cancer control program, integrating prevention, screening, treatment, and palliative care.

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