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Cancer-associated disease




Cell death

  • Cell Injury and Adaptation

    A slide-show dealing with cell injury, necrosis and apoptosis. Compiled by James H. Harrison as part of the Medical Pathology course at Tulane University School of Medicine.

  • Kimball's Biology Pages: Apoptosis

    Another tutorial from Kimball�s Biology Pages, including a section dedicated to apoptosis and cancer.


Cellular immortality


Conferences and societies


Conventional approaches

  • Treatment Options

    Current therapies listed alphabetically, by cancer type, and by body part, from the US National Cancer Institute.

  • OncoLink: Cancer Treatment

    Patient-oriented information on standard therapies for cancer.

  • Oncology Tools

    Compiled by the US Food and Drug Administration, this site contains information on approved oncology drugs and indications, FDA policies and publications relevant to cancer, and more.


Diagnosis and prognosis

  • CEA Family homepage

    Comprehensive site on carcinoembryonic antigen, including tables showing the domain structures of family members, sequence comparisons, and references.

  • Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging

    Highlights include a whole-body atlas, educational software on positron emission tomography and molecular imaging links.

  • NCI Cancer Diagnosis Program

    Includes information on locating human tissue samples for research, as well as new funding initiatives and conferences.


Ethical, legal and social issues


    Claims to be the Internet's first and largest site on bioethics, produced and supported by the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Here you�ll find news, debates, links and more.

  • Ethics in Biomedicine

    Comprehensive list of links from the Karolinska Institute Library, Sweden.

  • Scientific Freedom, Responsibility and Law

    News, reports and publications on research and ethics from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


General reference

  • Anatomic Pathology Images

    A list of online pathology atlases compiled by the Pathology Education Instructional Resource at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.


    Comprehensive and well-organized site for patients, physicians and researchers.

  • CancerQuest

    Aims to explain basic facts about cancer in simple terms, and includes sections explaining the cell biology and genetics of cancer, how it is diagnosed and detected and the types of treatments that are available. There are also links to other resources, including clinical trials databases.

  • CancerTrack

    A source of international cancer news that is updated every 15 minutes. It also has a list of links for researchers and information on US NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centres, medical associations and more

  • CancerWEB

    This site includes a good list of resources for cancer biologists, as well as patient- and physician-oriented information. Check out SiteNET, which includes a clickable map of cancer research institutions, and global cancer links - a list of research resources organized by cancer type. There is also a useful dictionary of medical and scientific terms.

  • CDC Health Topics: Cancer

    Extensive information on cancer prevention programmes in the US, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Healthfinder

    A gateway to reliable consumer health information, from the US Department of Health and Human Services.


    A dictionary of medical terms hosted by MedicineNet.

  • Medscape Hematology-Oncology

    A clinical site offering daily news, conference coverage and continuing medical education.

  • OncoLink

    Provides information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances.

  • PDQ

    The US National Cancer Institutes comprehensive cancer database. Aimed at patients and physicians, it contains peer-reviewed summaries on cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics and supportive care.

  • Steve Dunn's CancerGuide

    Maintained by a cancer survivor, CancerGuide has links to cancer information resources for patients and offers advice about using the information retrieved.

  • Virtual Library: Cell Biology

    Has several sections relevant to cancer biologists, including Apoptosis, Angiogenesis and Cell adhesion and extracellular matrix.


Genomic instability


Institutes and funding agencies

  • American Cancer Society

    As well as providing professionals with details on research funding and conferences, this site provides information to patients on cancer treatment, early detection and prevention.

  • Cancer Research UK

    The largest volunteer-supported cancer research organization in the world, this UK charity website contains excellent patient-oriented information (, as well as links to CR-UK-funded labs around the UK and instructions on how to apply for funding.

  • International Cancer Research portfolio

    The UK National Cancer Research Institute ( and the US National Cancer Institute ( and Department of Defense's Office of Directed Medical Research Programs ( have joined together to produce this database of cancer research funded by the USA and UK. The research is classified using the Common Scientific Outline and is searchable by type of cancer, area of research or funding organization.

  • Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research

    Links to the Ludwig institutes across the globe.

  • National Cancer Institute (USA)

    Comprehensive information on NCI research, funding, cancer statistics and information on individual cancer types, as well as many other invaluable resources for cancer researchers.

  • National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR)

    A US-based organization that funds cancer research and aims to 'foster synergistic interactions between scientists whose laboratories share a common goal: a cure for cancer�. Contains summaries of the projects as well as patient-oriented information on prevention and treatment.

  • The Spanish National Cancer Centre (CNIO)

    Spain�s National Research Centre: find out about research projects, upcoming international conferences and the CNIO Tumour Bank Network.



  • Bone Metastasis

    A tutorial from

  • Cancer Metastasis

    Provides research summaries on a range of metastasis issues, from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.


New approaches to therapy

  • About Herbs, botanicals and other products

    This site — run by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center — provides objective information for oncologists and healthcare professionals on the therapeutic use of herbs and botanicals.

  • Biospace News: Cancer

    Press releases on new approaches to treatment, organized by cancer type.

  • Cancer Gene Therapy

    A tutorial with extensive hypertext links, from

  • Clinical Trials

    Part of the site run by the US National Cancer Institute, this site contains information for those wishing to take part in clinical trials, and provides updates on results from completed trials


    Links to clinical trials databases across the globe, compiled by the National Cancer Research Network

  • Current Controlled Trials Ltd

    A free, international, searchable database of ongoing clinical trials.


Oncogenes and tumour suppressors

  • Cancer Genetics Web

    An ambitious new resource that aims to 'provide comprehensive links to reliable information about genes, their associated proteins, and genetic mutations associated with cancer and related disorders�. Hosted by

  • Genes and Disease: Cancer

    Hosted by the US National Center for Biotechnology Information, this site links information on the genetic basis of a range of cancers to the Gene Map and other NCBI databases.

  • MDM2 Database

    Data on the frequency of MDM2 amplifications in human cancers, from the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California.

  • RB1 Gene Mutation Database

    Hosted by Dietmar Lohmann at the Institut f�r Humangenetik in Essen, Germany, this database includes user-friendly graphical representations of the different types of RB mutations and their frequencies.

  • Thierry Soussi's lab

    Loads of useful information on p53, including a p53 database. Also contains the APC database.

  • TP53 Mutation Database

    Downloadable databases of somatic and germline mutations, as well as common polymorphisms, of the TP53 gene. Maintained by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  • Tumour Gene Database

    Searchable database of proto-oncogenes and tumour-suppressor genes, with extensive references.

  • The TGF-β System

    The interrelationships between members of the transforming growth factor β family, their receptors, and SMAD transcription factors, by Joan Massagué. This resource is part of a review published in Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology; users need to register but access is free.

  • Wnt Gene homepage

    Written and regularly updated by Roel Nusse, contains signalling diagrams, sequence alignments and a table of b-catenin mutations in human cancer.


Specific cancers

  • Biology of the Mammary Gland

    NIH-hosted site containing information on histology, research resources, tools and models relating to the normal and neoplastic mammary gland.

  • Breast Cancer Information Core

    Hosted by the US National Human Genome Research Institute, this site contains a database of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. Registration is required to view the database.

  • Breast Cancer Web Focus

    A compilation of articles and links from Nature Medicine and other Nature titles.

  • Familial Cancer Database

    A database aimed at helping physicians to diagnose familial cancers, from the International Union against Cancer.

  • Fanconi Anaemia Mutation Database

    Permission is required to view the unpublished data, but published data are available to all.

  • MedlinePlus: Cancer

    Links for consumers and health professionals. Check out the list of topics for pages on specific cancer types.

  • Medscape Resource Centre: Lung Cancer

    Latest news, conference reports, clinical guidelines and links. You must register your details with the site before accessing the information.

  • Oral Cancer

    Information on prevention and control of oral cancer from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer

    Combines general information with meeting reports and a mutation database. hosted by the International Collaborative Group on Hereditary Non-polyposis Colorectal Cancer.

  • Melanoma Research Project

    Primarily patient oriented, but contains a list of links for researchers and information on experimental therapeutic strategies.

  • National Ovarian Cancer Association: Research Notebook

    Includes information on biological approaches to ovarian cancer, clinical trials, and a news service.

  • Pancreatica

    A resource for researchers and patients, including information about the condition, a searchable clinical trials database, news about research and trial results, and links to other resources.


Tools and techniques