Information about cancer is available from many sources, including the ones listed here. You may want to check for more information at your local library, at bookstores, or from support groups in your community
National Cancer Institute Information Resources
You may want more information for yourself, your family, and your doctor. The following National Cancer Institute (NCI) services are available to help you.
Telephone...Cancer Information Service (CIS)
Provides accurate, up-to-date information on cancer to patients and their families, health professionals, and the general public. Information specialists translate the latest scientific information into understandable language and respond in English, Spanish, or on TTY equipment.
- Toll-free: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
- TTY: 1-800-332-8615
NCI's Web site provides comprehensive information about cancer causes and prevention, screening and diagnosis, treatment and survivorship; clinical trials; statistics; funding and training; and the Institute's programs and research activities.
For Additional Information
The Children's Oncology Group (C.O.G.) was formed by the merger of the four national pediatric cancer research organizations: the Children's Cancer Group, the Intergroup Rhabdomyosarcoma Study Group, the National Wilms' Tumor Study Group, and the Pediatric Oncology Group. The primary objective of the organization is to conduct clinical trials of new therapies for childhood cancers. Pediatric clinical trials are conducted across the country.
The National Cancer Institute booklets listed below can be obtained from the NCI-supported Cancer Information Service (CIS) by calling 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or TTY at 1-800-332-8615. Also, many NCI publications may be viewed or ordered online.
Booklets About Cancer, Cancer Treatment, and Side Effects
- Chemotherapy and You: A Guide to Self-Help During Treatment
- Eating Hints for Cancer Patients
- El dolor relacionado con el cáncer
- Get Relief from Cancer Pain
- La quimioterapia y usted: Una guía de autoayuda durante el tratamiento del cáncer
- Radiation Therapy and You: A Guide to Self-Help During Treatment
- Taking Part in Clinical Trials: What Cancer Patients Need To Know
- Pain Control: A Guide for People With Cancer and Their Families
- Understanding Cancer Pain
- What You Need To Know About...
(This is a series of booklets. Each provides information about a specific type of cancer, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, emotional issues, and questions to ask the doctor. Some are available in Spanish.)
Booklets About Living with Cancer
- Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment
- Taking Time: Support for People With Cancer
- When Cancer Returns
- Coping With Advanced Cancer