FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 17, 1999
Contact: NCI Press Office
Note to Reporters and Editors:
NCI Announces Major Enhancements to CancerNet™ Web Site
- prepackaged pages on specific types of cancer that contain information on prevention, detection, treatment, statistics, coping, clinical trials, and more;
- full-text search capability across PDQ® information summaries, NCI fact sheets, publications, and more;
- enhanced search capability for clinical trials (ability to search by disease stage; open or closed trials; and multiple stages, phases, and modalities in a single search);
- choice of patient and health professional versions of trial abstracts with links between the two versions;
- expanded Cancer Genetics Services Directory of professionals who provide cancer genetics risk assessment, counseling, and related services;
- PDQ® summaries enhanced with links to citations in the CANCERLIT® database of papers published about cancer;
- closer integration with cancerTrials (http://cancertrials.nci.nih.gov), NCI's online resource for clinical trials information and news; and
- an expanded list of links to other, non-NCI cancer Web sites.
The changes to the CancerNet Web site are the result of extensive testing of navigation and organization of information with current and potential Web site users, and are part of an extensive redesign of CancerNet that will continue for the next couple of years, according to
Susan Hubbard, director of the International Cancer Information Center, NCI.
"These changes to CancerNet are just the first in a series of improvements that are planned based on extensive user input," said Hubbard. "The redesign of CancerNet reflects the ongoing commitment of the NCI to develop an information system that is dynamic and responsive to the needs of its many audiences."
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