FTP site for good Cancer overview for the layman

Paul N Hengen pnh at fcsparc6.ncifcrf.gov
Thu Oct 28 18:25:16 EST 1993


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                    |  cancernet at icicb.nci.nih.gov  |
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CancerNet last revised:  October 1, 1993

CancerNet is a quick and easy way to obtain, through electronic mail, cancer
information from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  CancerNet lets you
request information statements in English or Spanish from the NCI's Physician
Data Query (PDQ) system, as well as fact sheets on various cancer topics from
the NCI's Office of Cancer Communications (in English only).  You can access
CancerNet through a number of different networks including BITNET and
Internet.  There is no charge for the service unless your local computer
center charges for use of e-mail.  The CancerNet Contents List (included here)
changes at the beginning of each month as new statements and other information
is included.  If you have any problems accessing CancerNet, you may call
1-301-496-7403 or send a message to cheryl at icicb.nci.nih.gov on the Internet.

                          Instructions

       1.  Address your mail message to:

                        cancernet at icicb.nci.nih.gov

[If you are not on Internet, you may have to change the format of the address.
Consult with your systems manager for the correct address format.]

       2.  Leave the subject line of the message blank (hit CR).  

       3.  In the body of the message:

              a. If you need the CancerNet contents list, enter "help" to
                 receive the most current list (substitute the word "spanish"
                 if you want the contents list in Spanish).  For example:

                     To: cancernet at icicb.nci.nih.gov
                     Subject: < Leave this blank >
                     help  <This is the body of the message..> 

                     To: cancernet at icicb.nci.nih.gov
                     Subject: < Leave this blank >
                     spanish  <This is the body of the message..> 

              b. If you have the CancerNet contents list and would like to
              request a particular statement or piece of information, enter
              the code from the Contents List for the desired information.  If
              you want more than one piece of information, enter the code for
              each piece of information desired on a separate line within the
              message. 

          WARNING:  Individual statements may exceed 30K and the entire
           contents requires 5 MEG of storage (10 MEG if spanish is included).
           Please check your storage capacity prior to submitting multiple
               requests.

              For example, to receive a PDQ state-of-the-art statement on 
              breast cancer:

                     To: cancernet at icicb.nci.nih.gov
                     Subject: < Leave this blank >
                     cn-100013  <this is the body of the message..> 

            To receive the same statement in Spanish:

                     To: cancernet at icicb.nci.nih.gov
                     Subject: < Leave this blank >
                     cs-100013  <this is the body of the message..> 

              For example, to receive PDQ patient information statements
              on colon cancer and gastric cancer):


                     To: cancernet at icicb.nci.nih.gov
                     Subject: < Leave this blank >
                     cn-200008  
                     cn-200025  <this is the body of the message..>

       4.  End your message.  If you requested multiple items within a
           single request, each item will be returned to you in a separate
           message.  It usually takes about 10 minutes for you to receive
           your information.


The information in CancerNet is updated monthly, and many statements change
from one month to the next.  A news item listing the statements that were
added and changed in CancerNet with the last update is available in item cn-
400000.  See the file "monthly PDQ statement changes" (cn-405001) for a
detailed list of the actual changes made to the PDQ Diagnoses with the last
update.  If you would like to be notified via electronic mail when CancerNet
is updated each month, send a message to CancerNet with the word "subscribe"
or "subs" in the body of the message.  CancerNet will then send you a message
each month telling you which statements have been updated.  [To cancel this
service, send a message to CancerNet with the word "unsubscribe" or "unsubs"
in the body of the message.]  

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* Paul N. Hengen, Ph.D.                           /--------------------------/*
* National Cancer Institute                       |Internet: pnh at ncifcrf.gov |*
* Laboratory of Mathematical Biology              |   Phone: (301) 846-5581  |*
* Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center|     FAX: (301) 846-5598  |*
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