The Cancer Information Service, a program of
the National Cancer Institute (NCI), provides a nationwide
telephone service for cancer patients and their families and
friends, the public, and health care professionals. The staff can
answer questions and can send booklets about cancer. They also may
know about local resources and services. One toll-free number,
1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237), connects callers with the office
that serves their area. Spanish-speaking staff members are
People who have cancer, their families, and
doctors who care for cancer patients need up-to-date and accurate
information about cancer treatment. To meet these needs, NCI
developed PDQ. This computer database gives quick and easy access
to: state-of-the-art treatment information for both patients and
doctors; screening guidelines; a list of approved mammography
facilities; information about clinical trials (research studies)
that are open to patients and that test new and promising cancer
trials; and names of organizations and doctors involved in caring
for people with cancer.
To use PDQ, doctors may use an office
computer or the services of a medical library. By calling CIS at
1-800-4-CANCER, doctors and patients can get PDQ information and
learn how to use this system.
1599 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30329
The American Cancer Society is a voluntary
organization with a national office (at the above address) and
local units all over the country. It supports research, conducts
educational programs, and offers many services to patients and
their families. To obtain information about services and activities
in local areas, call the society's toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345
(1-800-227-2345), or the number listed under "American Cancer
Society" in the white pages of the telephone book.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a
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