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More Information for Diverse Audiences

Stage: Active

Campaign: Content (Are we answering your questions?)

Recently, I tried to find information about skin cancer and African Americans on cancer.gov because I found an abnormal spot on my foot...and I couldn't find anything other than the fact that I was at low risk. None of the photos showed what skin cancer could look like on darker skin or how I should screen differently. Eventually after a search on WebMD, I went to a dermatologist anyway, who suggested it be biopsied because ...more »

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NCI Education Portal

Stage: Active

Campaign: Features (On Cancer.gov, I want to...)

In the interest of organizing NCI information and in making accessible all the existing NCI education programs and materials, create a cancer.gov education portal segmented by audiences (health professionals, researchers, public health practitioners, cancer control planners, advocates, etc.) Links could be made to NCI/NIH training events and funding opportunities to support NCI education and training priorities.

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NCI Overview Link For Key Cancer Research Information

Stage: Active

Campaign: General

A suggested improvement of the NCI Web site is to add, as a first, identical and bold link under both Research and Funding and About NCI, a simply stated overview introductory summary in one place that has key statistics about cancer deaths, incidence and costs; followed by the NCI’s (1) purpose/mission; (2) current activities, organizational structure and programs; (3) near and long-term strategy and goals; (4) achievements ...more »

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Search Results Better Organized for the Lay person

Stage: Active

Campaign: Ease of Use

Search results on cancer.gov can be confusing to patients and family members and I think it would be useful if they were grouped then sorted with a sort option of date or relevance. Groups that come to mind: clinical trials, clinical trials results, bulletin, treatment guidelines (PDQ), cancer topics, spanish language, statistics, funding, etc.

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Personalized Information

Stage: Active

Campaign: Content (Are we answering your questions?)

Cancer.gov has a lot of great information - for everyone. I'd like to be able to sift through all the vast resources and find information that's relevant to me. It would be great if I could customize the site and personalize a page that aggregates information based on my criteria - a mycancer.gov page (similar to myYahoo, etc.). Thanks for the opportunity to share my ideas and provide input!

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200 types of Cancer. I'm only interested in one - the one I have

Stage: Active

Campaign: Features (On Cancer.gov, I want to...)

Cancer.gov is a great resource for finding information on all types of Cancer. However, as a user, I might only be interested in finding information on the ONE Cancer that matters most to me. Whether it's the Cancer I'm diagnosed with, or a family member, friend, etc. It would be great to have a personalized, unique experience based on the type of user I am. For example: Patient, looking for information on Hodgkin Lymphoma. ...more »

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"Where Do I Start?" Button/Newly-Diagnosed Patients & Families

Stage: Active

Campaign: General

On the landing page, have a prominent “Where Do I Start?” button, or point of entry, for people and families who are newly-diagnosed. It could direct them to a general orientation area and outline information that is universal and relevant for every patient. Convey the message “We know what you are facing and we have information to help you get started. At NCI, our purpose is to find new treatments and breakthroughs ...more »

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Betalabs.Cancer.gov

Stage: Active

Campaign: Features (On Cancer.gov, I want to...)

The idea behind BetaLabs is taking a page out of Google's playbook with "Google Labs" by creating a site where we can try out new tools, technologies and approaches with a real audience without creating a live and final version that needs production support. This will be critical to future endeavors into social media and social networking, neither of which is an exact science, where we can develop ideas and tools as ...more »

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Mobile Applications

Stage: Active

Campaign: General

How about creating an iPhone application for cancer.gov? Different apps could be developed for different types of users - patients, caregivers, doctors and nurses, family and friends. Apps could be used for a whole host of different needs - for a patient, there could be a journal and calendar feature that allows them to track their treatment, chronicle their day-to-day activities, feelings, and changes, document their ...more »

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Social Media Links on the Home Page

Stage: Active

Campaign: Features (On Cancer.gov, I want to...)

In the NCI Cancer Bulletin for February 9, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 3, Dr. Lenora Johnson says, "At NCI, we are also expanding our activity in the ever-changing world of social media, with a small but increasing presence on sites like YouTube and Twitter. Our goal is not only to provide evidence-based information, but to provide it to the right person at the right time, in the most appropriate language and format." When ...more »

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A site tailored to me according to my needs and interest.

Stage: Active

Campaign: Look & Feel

I was looking at the site and it would nice to log on to site tailored to me and my needs or interest. Like it could have links on it that I am interested in: Cancers Types, New treatment options, research, rallies, cancer news and even request friends who may be going through the same battles as you. You could always post info and start blogs and even have alerts to keep you informed.

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Partnership Portal

Stage: Active

Campaign: Community

This idea is a proposal for a Partnership Portal on cancer.gov to provide an access point for partners to obtain the necessary information or resources relevant to their needs. We commonly work with external partners--cancer organizations, health professionals, advocates, community researchers, and others--on a variety of cancer and health communications topics in the course of our work. Many of the programs or projects ...more »

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Research Funding

Stage: Active

Campaign: Ease of Use

Right now in order to find out what research is being sponsored by the NCI for a particular cancer one has to look under various programs. The ability to find all grants for particular cancers would help organizations raising money for research see where gaps may be for particular cancers and fund that research rather than duplicative research.

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"View Entire Document" As Default View

Stage: Active

Campaign: Ease of Use

I think it would make more sense for publications (eg the What You Need to Know series, the PDQs, etc.) to open in the "View Entire Document" format rather than as they currently appear. "View Entire Document" still has hot links to the specific sections, but it also makes for easier searching and not having to constantly jump back and forth between sections of the same publication.

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Dictionary links in the Health Professional PDQs

Stage: Active

Campaign: Ease of Use

It would be great if the Health Professional PDQs also had hot links to the dictionary that were clickable from within the PDQ. The dictionary is a great resource -- make it more available both to health professionals reading the PDQ as well as to people who may not be health professionals but who are seeking information that is more detailed than what is listed in the patient version.

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Confusing Home Page

Stage: Active

Campaign: Ease of Use

The opening page is somewhat confusing. The main message addresses Training and a Research Career in Cancer. I thought I might be on the wrong site. The lower part of the Home Page is geared to a patient or naive user. That mixed message of professional careers in cancer and intro-level definitions of cancer terms and treatment is schizophrenic reading.

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Trials for Recurrent, Heavily Pretreated Cancer Patients

Stage: Active

Campaign: Ease of Use

So many clinical trials for cancer patients are not open to folks who've had more than one or two recurrences, or who've had more than one or two courses of treatment. If there were any way to refine searches to eliminate trials not open to those who have been heavily pretreated or have had more than two recurrences, it would be helpful.

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Area for medical professors and students

Stage: Active

Campaign: Features (On Cancer.gov, I want to...)

Create a section of the web site where medical specialists interested in sharing their knowledge with medical students can find the information they need; this can also be helpful to everyone. Nowadays, continuing education and up to date training are of great importance, especially in developing countries like Mexico.

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