The Cancer Information Service (CIS) is a
nationwide toll-free telephone program sponsored by the National
Cancer Institute. Trained information specialists are available to
answer questions about cancer from the public, cancer patients and
their families, and health professionals. By calling the following
toll-free number, you will be automatically connected to the CIS
office serving your area: 1-800-4-CANCER. Spanish-speaking CIS
staff members are also available.
The National Cancer Institute has developed PDQ (Physician Data
Query), a computerized database designed to give doctors quick and
easy access to:
- The latest treatment information for most types of cancer.
- Descriptions of clinical trials that are open for patient
- Names of organizations and physicians involved in cancer
To get access to PDQ, a doctor can use an office computer with a
telephone hookup and a PDQ access code or the services of a medical
library with online searching capability. Cancer Information
Service offices (1-800-4-CANCER) provide free PDQ searches and can
tell doctors how to get regular access to the database. Patients
may ask their doctor to use PDQ or may call 1-800-4-CANCER
themselves. Information specialists at this toll-free number use a
variety of sources, including PDQ, to answer questions about cancer
prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.