National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
January 11, 2011 • Volume 8 / Number 1

250th Issue


Continued Shortage of Chemotherapy Drugs Causing Concern

A serious shortage of commonly used chemotherapy drugs that began several years ago and worsened in 2010 is taking a toll on medical facilities and causing concerns among patients and doctors alike, according to representatives from government and professional groups. The continued shortfall is part of a more widespread shortage of drugs, including those frequently used in anesthesia and to treat dangerous infections, and has raised anxiety about patient care and clinical trials in which the drugs, many of them generic, are important components of treatment. Read more > >


Inside NCI: A Conversation with Dr. Barry Kramer about Cancer Screening

Watch the Inside NCI videoThe editor-in-chief of NCI's Physician Data Query (PDQ) Screening and Prevention Editorial Board talks about the types of effective cancer screening tests available and the risks that are sometimes associated with cancer screening. See the video > >



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  • Notes

    • NCI Director Announces New Senior Staff Member
    • Recap of Last Month's President's Cancer Panel Meeting
    • In Memoriam: Susan Lowell Butler
    • 250 Issues and Counting!

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