Helpful Links

Helpful links include a list of resources related to OCG programs as well as educational resources that illustrate the basics of cancer genomics research.

AIDS-Related Cancers

Find comprehensive information on HIV-associated cancers, including treatment, prevention, clinical trials, and more.

Cancer in Children and Adolescents

View a fact sheet that has statistics as well as information about types, causes, and treatments of cancers in children and adolescents in the United States. 

https://www.cancer.gov/types/childhood-cancers/child-adolescent-cancers-fact-sheet

Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program

The Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) seeks to improve the lives of cancer patients by finding better treatments, control mechanisms, and cures for cancer. CTEP funds a national program of cancer research, sponsoring clinical trials to evaluate new anti-cancer agents.

Center for Cancer Genomics

The Office of Cancer Genomics is within the Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG). CCG was established to unify NCI’s activities in cancer genomics with the goal of advancing genomics research and translating findings into the clinic to improve the precise diagnosis and treatment of cancers. 

Childhood Cancers

Find comprehensive information on childhood cancers: current treatments, clinical trials, prevention, genetics, testing, and more.

Childhood Cancers in Spanish (Español)

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Gabriella Miller Kids First (GMKF/Kids First) Pediatric Research Program

The Gabriella Miller Kids First initiative is a trans-NIH effort to increase understanding of genetic changes associated with certain devastating pediatric conditions. The initiative will develop a centralized database of well-curated clinical and genetic sequence data from childhood cancer and structural birth defects cohorts comprising thousands of patients and their families.
To learn more about the initiative and the data available, please visit
https://commonfund.nih.gov/kidsfirst

Genomic Data Commons (GDC)

NCI's Genomic Data Commons (GDC) is a unified data sharing platform that allows users to search, browse, download, and analyze data. The GDC serves as a single knowledge base which unifies genomic and clinical data from different research programs for the cancer research community. 

Guide to Accessing Program Data

Visit the Guide to Accessing Data page for a visual and interactive guide on how to access OCG program data. 

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Human cDNA Library from the ORFeome Collaboration (OC)

The goal of the OC, an informal volunteer multi-institutional collaboration, is to provide the research community with validated, full open reading frame (ORF) cDNA clones for all of the currently defined human genes.  The ORF clones do not include 5’ and 3’ UTRs and can be easily sub-cloned into any type of expression vector. These clones are available to researchers worldwide through multiple distributors.

National Cancer Institute

Visit the NCI website for comprehensive cancer information.

NCI’s Lung Cancer page

Learn an abundance of current information on lung cancer.

NCI’s Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma page

Find comprehensive information on NHL, including testing, treatment, genetics, clinical trials, and more.

Office of HIV and AIDS Malignancies (OHAM)

NCI’s Office of HIV and AIDS Malignancies (OHAM) is a great resource for learning about HIV-associated cancers.

Online Bioinformatics Tutorials

Bioinformatics is a scientific discipline that applies computer science and information technology to help understand biological processes. The NIH provides a list of free online bioinformatics tutorials, either generated by the NIH Library or other institutes, which includes introductory lectures and "how to" videos on using various tools.

Open versus Controlled-Access Data

OCG employs stringent human subjects’ protection and data access policies to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the research participants. Depending on the risk of patient identification, OCG programs data are available to the scientific community in two tiers: open or controlled-access. Both types of data can be accessed through its corresponding OCG program-specific data matrix or portal.

Open-access Data

Data within this category presents minimal risk of participant identification. Much of OCG program data, excluding patient identifiers, are open-access. OCG provides the scientific community the maximum amount of open-access data allowable under HIPAA guidelines. Access to these data does not require user certification, and researchers may explore data content without restriction.

Controlled-access Data

Data within this category present a higher risk of patient identification. While stripped of direct patient identifiers as defined by HIPAA, controlled-access data contain specific demographic, clinical, and genotypic information that are excluded in open-access data. Controlled-access data are unique and valuable to research projects for which open-access data are insufficient. Access to protected data requires user certification which can be obtained through NCBI’s dbGaP (National Center for Biotechnology Information’s database of Genotypes and Phenotypes). 

To learn more and understand which data each OCG program provides, visit How to Access Multiple Datasets

Resources for Researchers

Resources for Researchers is a directory of NCI-supported tools and services for cancer researchers. Resources are developed and maintained by NCI scientists or were created with grant funding. Most resources are free and available to anyone. Each resource is owned by an NCI division, office, or center.

What is Cancer?

A brief explanation of how cancer forms, basic statistics, and links to additional resources.