Department of Health and Human Services

Patient Network

Bringing Your Voice to Drug and Device Approval and Safety

Information about Chemo

Your Oncologist or Healthcare Provider may recommend that you start treating your cancer.


Palliative care is the treatment of physical symptoms.


Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by health professionals and volunteers.


FDA and Cancer Treatment

We work with FDA’s oncology (cancer) medical staff to bring your perspective into the review of new drugs to treat or prevent cancer. We also meet with organized patient advocacy groups to hear their concerns about drug development and to assist them in understanding the FDA drug regulatory process. You and your loved ones can contact the Office of Health and Constituent Affairs with questions about cancer clinical trials or cancer drug development.

Important Updates from the National Cancer Institute

The Changing Landscape of Clinical Trials
The National Cancer Institute's clinical trials system is changing. The new system will allow clinical trials to begin more quickly, reach conclusions faster, and offer patients studies that incorporate precision medicine, which uses information about a person’s tumor to help diagnose and treat cancer.

Reducing Cancer Health Disparities
Minorities and people living in underserved communities are disproportionately affected by cancer, for reasons that need to be better understood and addressed. Through research, education, and training, NCI and its partners are working to reduce cancer health disparities.