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Cancer Information Service (CIS)
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 available.

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.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
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 medical condition.

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