NIH Press Release
National Cancer Institute

Monday, September 28, 1998

NCI Press Office
(301) 496-6641

Sources of NCI Information

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has developed numerous cancer information resources for both health professionals and the public. Many of these resources can be accessed via telephone, computer, or fax and include:

Cancer Information Service The Cancer Information Service (CIS) is a nationwide information and education network for cancer patients and their families and friends, the public, and health professionals. The CIS can provide information from NCI's PDQ™ (Physician Data Query) database. One toll-free number, 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237), connects English- and Spanish-speaking callers all over the country with the office that serves their area. The number for callers with TTY equipment is 1-800-332-8615.

World Wide Web Cancer information is available on the NCI homepage, accessible at For easy access to all clinical trials information from NCI, go to For materials for health professionals, patients, and the public, including information from PDQ about cancer treatment, screening, prevention, supportive care, and clinical trials, go to

CancerMail This service includes NCI information about cancer treatment, screening, prevention, and supportive care via computer E-mail. To obtain a contents lists, send E-mail to with the word "help" in the body of the message.

CancerFax® CancerFax® provides cancer information by fax. To use CancerFax®, dial 301-402-5874 from the telephone on a fax machine and listen to the recorded instructions to receive a faxed list of available documents and instructions for having documents faxed to you.