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NCI Launches Redesigned One-Stop Cancer Resource Web Site

  • Posted: January 22, 2002

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced today that it launched its dramatically improved, easy-to-navigate Web site, Cancer.gov (http://www.cancer.gov), a one-stop resource for cancer information.

Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D., who was sworn in as director of the NCI this morning, said, "As the largest cancer research institute in the world, NCI is in a unique position to share knowledge and resources with the American public, health professionals, and members of the research community. We are committed to providing the most comprehensive, research-based cancer information found anywhere on the Web and to making that information easy to find, use, and share."

Cancer.gov provides immediate access to critical information and resources on cancer, helping people with cancer become better informed about their disease and able to play a more active role in their treatment and care. The new Web site is more visually appealing and the contents integrated in a more intuitive way. The changes include the reorganization of the NCI's award-winning information Web sites, CancerNet and cancerTrials, into Cancer.gov's Cancer Information and Clinical Trials portals.

The site's information is logically arranged by topic, while an innovative search function allows convenient keyword searching across all NCI Web space. The improved search engine features "Best Bets," which retrieves the most pertinent information for searches on many topics. The redesign of Cancer.gov creates a comprehensive resource that enables users to quickly find accurate and up-to-date information on all types of cancer, clinical trials, research programs, funding opportunities, cancer statistics, and the Institute itself.

Cancer.gov employs a flexible, modular architecture based on open standards. The advanced technology used for Cancer.gov allows the NCI to add new features and services to the site as they become available without extensive modifications to the underlying infrastructure. The scalable infrastructure is designed to accommodate large volumes of users and to provide NCI with an Internet technical foundation that will continue to perform well for future years.

"The merger of NCI's high-quality, evidence-based content with brand new Web design and development technologies provides the user with a first-rate online source for unbiased cancer information," said von Eschenbach.

To view an in-depth interview with von Eschenbach, click on the link next to his photo on the home page of the new Cancer.gov Web site.