NIH News Advisory
National Cancer Institute

Thursday, May 18, 2000

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National Cancer Institute Launches Clinical Trials Gateway Web Feature

Every year, 20,000 patients participate in the NCI-sponsored clinical trials, the best method for advancing cancer care. But it still takes too long to answer important treatment questions.

That's why a fundamental change is under way in how the National Cancer Institute (NCI) develops, reviews, conducts, and supports clinical trials. The revitalized system is more flexible and more inclusive, inviting input from basic and clinical researchers, community and research oncologists, patients and families, and every group with a commitment to improving cancer care. Several pilot projects are happening, and several more are approaching reality.

The oncology community and anyone else with an interest in clinical trials can explore a Web feature describing the new system at

The new initiatives are divided into five categories:

CancerTrials (, run by the NCI, provides educational information and news about ongoing and completed cancer clinical trials. The goal of the site: help people make informed decisions about joining clinical trials.