The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the U.S. National Institutes for Health. The NCI is dedicated to better understanding, diagnosing, treating, and preventing cancer for all people. Its goal is to support and enhance the quality of clinical cancer research. The NCI works with more than 60 cancer treatment centers in the United States. It recognizes 3 levels of cancer treatment centers, ranging from a comprehensive cancer center to the more basic cancer treatment center. These facilities are often housed at universities and research is a large focus.
You can get a list of the NCI-designated Cancer Centers and read more about the NCI by visiting the NCI Web site at www.cancer.gov. You can also learn more about your cancer and treatment options at the NCI Cancer Information Service, available at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Information/CIS.