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What is the purpose of this site?

This site is designed to assist researchers in the field of cancer diagnosis and to provide current and accurate information on the research projects and resources supported by the Cancer Diagnosis Program of the National Cancer Institute. The site also links to related Web sites of the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, and to a variety of quality Web sites and resources on topics related to cancer diagnosis research.

Who manages this site?

This site is managed by the Cancer Diagnosis Program of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis. The NCI is a component of the National Institutes of Health, the focal point for the nation's biomedical research.

Who is this site designed for?

This site is designed primarily for researchers working in the field of cancer diagnosis. The NCI provides information about approved cancer diagnostics for patients, health care providers and the general public on the Web at: and through its Cancer Information Service (1-800-4-CANCER).

What is on this site? provides scientific information on cancer diagnosis research and on how investigators may apply to the NCI for research support and access to resources including human specimens for research. It also describes the activities of the Cancer Diagnosis Program. The focus of the Cancer Diagnosis Program is on the development of medical laboratory assays to predict the clinical course of a cancer and guide the choice of therapy. Other programs of the National Cancer Institute support research on diagnostic imaging and on methods of screening for the early detection of cancer; for information on these topics please visit the Web pages of the NCI Biomedical Imaging Program at, and the Division of Cancer Prevention at

The site comprises original content in addition to links to external Web sites, resources and articles. Original content is created only when existing information in the field is not readily available or appropriate.

Does this site have a linking policy?

This site uses the following guidelines for linking to non-NIH Web sites. Web sites and pages that links to must provide information that

  • Relates to the mission of the Cancer Diagnosis Program and enhances the information on
  • Provides credible, accurate and current information
  • Primarily focuses on information or educational content, rather than the promotion of a commercial product or service.

External Links — This site provides links to other Internet sites for the convenience of World Wide Web users. The NIH is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does NIH endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these other Internet sites.

What is this site’s Privacy Policy?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) respects the privacy of visitors to the Web site.

Why is information collected? We may collect a limited amount of information on usage of the Web site for statistical purposes, in order to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.

What information is collected? The information collected includes standard server log information, such as the domain name or IP address from which you access the Internet, the date and time you access our site, the pages you viewed, the type of browser and operating system you used to access our site, and, if you linked to our site from another Web site, that Web site's address. We collect this information on an aggregate basis only. Our Web site logs are not personally identifiable, and we make no attempt to link them with the individuals who actually browse the site. For example, we track which pages are most popular among visitors as a whole, but pages viewed are not identified with individual users. With email inquiries, we store the inquiry and the email address information so that we can respond electronically.

What information is not collected? Unless otherwise required by statute, we do not identify publicly who sends questions or comments to our Web site. We will not obtain information that will allow us to personally identify you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.

If you have additional questions about NCI’s Privacy Policy: Please send them to the NCI Privacy Act Coordinator at