National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
June 2, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 11

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Tutorial on Targeted Cancer Therapies Available Online

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NCI recently added a new tutorial to its Understanding Cancer Series, a collection of educational tutorials for life science teachers, health professionals, and the interested public. Understanding Targeted Therapies for Cancer, the first animated tutorial in the series, provides an overview of this emerging approach to cancer treatment. The tutorial explains the three main types of targeted therapies, their risks and benefits, how they differ from conventional chemotherapy, which targeted therapies are currently FDA-approved, and how one can find clinical trials that are evaluating these new treatment approaches.

View or download Understanding Targeted Therapies for Cancer at or contact Donna Kerrigan at to request a DVD.

U.S. and Canada Collaborate on Cancer Control Web Portal

Screenshot of Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. Canada Web site

In a collaborative effort, NCI and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) have expanded the Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. (Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools) Web portal from the United States to Canada.

The U.S. Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. Web portal was launched after extensive usability testing in April 2003 by NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commission on Cancer, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Canadian site follows the same design as the U.S. site, while engaging Canadian cancer control practitioners and researchers in usability testing to ensure that the Canadian site meets their needs. 

Both the Canadian and U.S. sites provide a single point of access to high-quality tools and resources from multiple national organizations, which can be used to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based cancer control plans and programs.