The NCI and ACS

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the Nation’s primary agency for cancer research. It leads the Nation’s fight against cancer by supporting and conducting research in cancer biology, causation, prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship. The NCI also supports cancer centers, community-based clinical oncology programs, education, and outreach programs.

The Cancer Information Service (CIS), a national information and education network, is a free public service of the NCI. The CIS provides the latest, most accurate information on cancer, interpreting and explaining research findings in a clear and understandable manner. The CIS may be reached at 1-800-4-CANCER, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit them online at

The About section of the NCI website,, provides comprehensive information about cancer by covering topics such as treatment options, clinical trials, coping with cancer, support and resources, and cancer literature. The site also includes PDQ, a comprehensive cancer information database, which includes descriptions of common drugs and a cancer term dictionary.

The American Cancer Society (ACS)

1875 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. The ACS maintains a toll-free information hotline (number listed above) available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ACS, Mid-Atlantic Division’s toll-free number, 1-888-ACS-NEED, connects you with one of two local field Resource Centers who can provide comprehensive and current information about ACS programs and services, as well as community resources and information.

The ACS’s National web site, found at, is a comprehensive site containing valuable resources on prevention and risk factors, detection, treatment methods, and services for cancer patients and their families. Practical information, ideas, answers to common questions and tips are available, as well as specific resources in your community.