National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Agency overview
FormedAugust 5, 1937; 82 years ago (1937-08-05)
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
HeadquartersOffice of the Director,
31 Center Drive, Building 31, Bethesda, Maryland,
Agency executive
Parent departmentUnited States Department of Health and Human Services
Parent agencyNational Institutes of Health
Child agencies

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) coordinates the United States National Cancer Program and is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of eleven agencies that are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NCI conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other activities related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; the supportive care of cancer patients and their families; and cancer survivorship.

NCI is the oldest and has the largest budget and research program of the 27 institutes and centers of the NIH. It fulfills the majority of its mission via an extramural program that provides grants for cancer research. Additionally, the National Cancer Institute has intramural research programs in Bethesda, Maryland and at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research[6] at Fort Detrick, in Frederick, Maryland. The NCI receives more than US$5 billion in funding each year.[7]

The NCI supports a nationwide network of 71 NCI-designated Cancer Centers with a dedicated focus on cancer research and treatment[8] and maintains the National Clinical Trials Network.[9]



An early wooden sign for the National Cancer Institute

Anti-cancer drug investigations

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