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Cancer Library

Introductory Information

  • What Is Cancer?
    Definition of cancer, a brief explanation of the origins of cancer in cells, basic cancer statistics, and links to other NCI cancer-related resources.
  • Common Cancer Myths and Misconceptions
    The latest science-based information concerning some common misconceptions about cancer. Learn the facts to worry less and make good health decisions.
  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Cancer
    Sets of questions, organized by topic, that cancer patients may want to ask their doctors or other members of their health care team to learn more about their cancer and what to expect.

NCI Publications

  • What You Need To Know About™ Cancer Index
    This booklet series has information on many types of cancer. Each booklet describes treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support. Questions to ask the doctor are also included.
  • NCI Fact Sheets
    Nearly 200 frequently updated fact sheets on a wide array of cancer topics. Fact sheets address risk factors, prevention, support, treatment, and more.
  • Patient Education Publications
    Popular NCI patient education booklets available to download as a PDF or to an e-book device, smartphone, or tablet.
  • Chemotherapy Side Effects Sheets
    Chemotherapy fact sheets with clear medical advice from doctors and nurses, and practical tips from patients to help you manage side effects.
  • Radiation Therapy Side Effects Sheets
    Radiation therapy fact sheets that help patients understand their treatment and manage side effects. The fact sheets (also available in audio) have tips from patients and healthcare providers, and questions to ask providers.
  • NCI Publications Locator
    An online system for finding, viewing, and ordering NCI reports, publications, and other materials. Can be searched by topic, audience, and language.

NCI Health Communications Publications

  • Making Data Talk: A Workbook
    This workbook provides key information, practical suggestions, and examples on how to effectively communicate health-related scientific data to the public, policy makers, and the media.

Other Resources

  • Education and Training for Health Professionals
    The Cancer Classroom Series is a collection of webinars that highlights topics that provide the educational content, tools, and resources necessary for health professionals, especially those working in public health, to address cancer as a public health problem.
  • Inside Cancer: Multimedia Guide to Cancer Biology
    This Web site uses animations, narration, and interviews to explain how cancer develops and to discuss cancer causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Visuals Online
    An NCI database of cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images, as well as general biomedical and science-related images and portraits of NCI directors and staff.
  • PDQ® - NCI's Comprehensive Database
    An NCI database that contains the latest information about cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, supportive care, and complementary and alternative medicine, plus clinical trials.
  • NCI Dictionary of Genetics Terms
    A dictionary of more than 150 genetics-related terms written for healthcare professionals. This resource was developed to support the comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed PDQ cancer genetics information summaries.
  • Professional Resources for Cancer Patient Education
    Information about the Cancer Patient Education Network, the cancer education grants program, and a listserv for cancer patient educators.
  • EPEC™-O Self-Study
    EPEC-O (Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology) and EPEC-O with African American Cultural Considerations are free comprehensive multimedia curricula for health professionals caring for persons with cancer. The curricula is available as an online Self-Study Section and as a CD-ROM you can order.
  • Evaluating Online Sources of Health Information
    Information to help people evaluate the source and credibility of health information that they find online.
  • Library of Resources for Cancer
    The Effective Health Care Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality produces reports and other materials on evidence-based, patient-centered outcomes research on cancer.
  • ASCO® Abstracts
    Search ASCO's comprehensive database of abstracts to find the results of the latest clinical cancer research.