NIH News Release
National Cancer Institute

Wednesday, November 17, 1999

Contact: NCI Press Office
(301) 496-6641

Note to Reporters and Editors:
NCI Announces Major Enhancements to CancerNet™ Web Site

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) today announced major enhancements to its CancerNet™ Web site, a free gateway to reliable information about cancer for patients, health professionals, and people at risk for cancer.

Effective today, the site ( has a number of improvements. The first-time user will find frequently asked questions to help learn the site, an expanded dictionary of cancer terms, and an NCI publications locator (

Those familiar with CancerNet will see a new graphical design and an easy-to-use layout that improves the user's navigation through the site. Other improvements include:

The changes to the CancerNet Web site are the result of extensive testing of navigation and organization of information with current and potential Web site users, and are part of an extensive redesign of CancerNet that will continue for the next couple of years, according to Susan Hubbard, director of the International Cancer Information Center, NCI.

"These changes to CancerNet are just the first in a series of improvements that are planned based on extensive user input," said Hubbard. "The redesign of CancerNet reflects the ongoing commitment of the NCI to develop an information system that is dynamic and responsive to the needs of its many audiences."

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