National Cancer Institute Law and Legal Definition

The National Cancer Institute (“Institution”) is an organization in the U.S. that conducts research programs for the prevention of cancer caused by occupational or environmental exposure to carcinogens. It is established pursuant to 42 USCS § 289e. The general purpose of the Institution is to organize and support research, training, health information dissemination. This Institution also provides other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

The Director of the Institute establishes and supports demonstration, education, and other programs for the detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer and for rehabilitation and counseling respecting cancer. The following are the duties of the Institute:

1.To locally initiate education and demonstration programs to transmit research results and to disseminate information with respect to the detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer,

2. To disseminate information with respect to the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients,

3.To disseminate information with respect to rehabilitation and counseling respecting cancer to physicians and other health professionals who provide care to individuals who have cancer;

4.To provide information with respect to effective methods for the prevention and early detection of cancer and the identification of individuals with a high risk of developing cancer, and

5.To provide improved methods of patient referral to appropriate centers for early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.