The NCI-supported Cancer Information Service
(CIS) is a nationwide telephone service that answers questions from
cancer patients and their families, health care professionals, and
the public. Information specialists can provide information and
publications on all aspects of cancer. They also may know about
cancer-related services in local areas.
By dialing 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237),
you will reach a CIS office serving your area. A trained staff
member can answer your questions and listen to your concerns.
Spanish-speaking staff members are available.
People who have cancer, those who care about
them, and doctors need up-to-date and accurate information about
cancer treatment. To help these people, NCI developed PDQ
(Physician Data Query). This computer database gives quick and easy
To use PDQ, doctors may use an office
computer or the services of a medical library. By calling the CIS
at 1-800-4-CANCER, doctors and patients can get PDQ information and
learn how to use this system.
You may also want to read some NCI booklets
and fact sheets that discuss various aspects of cancer, cancer
treatment, and patient concerns. The following might be especially
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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