Using Trusted Resources

Health information, whether in print or online, should come from a trusted, credible source. Government agencies, hospitals, universities, and medical journals and books that provide evidence-based information are sources you can trust. Too often, other sources can provide misleading or incorrect information. If a source makes claims that are too good to be true, remember—they…

Access to Experimental Cancer Drugs

An experimental drug is one that has been tested in the lab and with animals and approved for testing in people by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But, it can’t yet be advertised, sold, or prescribed. Experimental drugs may also be called “investigational.” Ways to Access an Experimental Drug Experimental drugs may be…

Cancer Prevention Overview (PDQ®)–Patient Version

What is Prevention? Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the chance of getting cancer. In 2017, more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States. In addition to the physical problems and emotional distress caused by cancer, the high costs of care are also a burden to patients, their families, and to the public. By…

What Is Cancer?

A Collection of Related Diseases Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body, which is made up of trillions of cells. Normally, human…