Glossary of Research

As science marches on, we here at the Cancer Research Foundation find it nearly impossible to read a project proposal without a thick medical dictionary nearby. We are working on a glossary intended specifically for users of our website. Until that project is finished, here are some useful internet resources:

The National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms >
The National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Genetics Terms >

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Organizations

National Institutes of Health

Hardly a day goes by without mention of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the media. The NIH was created with taxpayer dollars in 1930, one of eight health agencies that comprise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Today, the NIH is made up of 24 separate institutes and centers, located just outside Washington, D.C., in Bethesda, Maryland.

National Cancer Institute

Throughout the 1930s, grassroots organizations began to draw attention to the need for federal support of cancer research. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Cancer Institute Act into law on August 5, 1937. The Act established the National Cancer Institute. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the largest of the 17 biomedical research institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health. The NCI coordinates the government’s cancer research program.

University of Chicago Cancer Research Center

Today, approximately 40 U.S. cancer centers meet the NCI criteria for comprehensive status. The University of Chicago Cancer Research Center is a comprehensive cancer center.