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Statewide Outreach & Information Service Program Operated by Northern California Cancer Center to End
Date:1/14/2010

NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE DISCONTINUES CANCER INFORMATION SERVICE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

FREMONT, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As a result of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) decision to discontinue the Cancer Information Service (CIS) Partnership Program throughout the United States, beginning January 14, 2010, the Northern California Cancer Center (NCCC) will no longer coordinate the program in California.  Since 1993, NCCC brought the most recent news and cancer information to California's under-served, rural, and hard-to-reach populations through its operation of this program.

The NCI's Cancer Information Service began in 1976 and, since then, has educated the public about cancer and provided the latest, most accurate cancer information, resources and referrals available. Community partnership and outreach activities were added in 1984.  The discontinuation of these activities will change how information is communicated to members of the public seeking answers about cancer.

The NCI will continue to provide resources and materials to the public at www.cancer.gov and 1-800-4-CANCER, through its national call center.  LiveHelp, a confidential online chat service with information specialists who can answer questions about cancer, clinical trials, and quitting smoking, will also continue to be available at '/>"/>

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