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Cancer Information Service
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.

Physician data query
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 access to:
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.

NCI publications
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 helpful:

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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