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April 11, 2006
Comments: 4/3/06 – 6/1/06

NCI Listens and Learns Nanotechnology

NCI Listens and Learns is a pilot forum for NCI to ask members of the community for input and for members of the community to offer NCI their input. This pilot program is structured to facilitate dialogue between NCI and two distinct segments of the community: registered cancer advocacy organizations and members of the general public. The pilot forum was designed, and is being overseen, by the NCI's Director's Consumer Liaison Group (DCLG). From April 3, 2006 to June 1, 2006, the active discussion topic for NCI Listens and Learns will be nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology can be applied in diagnostic imaging by designing injectable, targeted contrast agents that can improve the resolution of cancer imaging to the level of a single cell. Nanotechnology research can be applied to design devices that can be customized to optimally deliver medications for treating conditions, including pain and nausea, and those that can more effectively kill cancer cells.

These are just two examples of how NCI is working to harness the power of nanotechnology to radically change the way cancer is diagnosed, treated, and prevented.

NCI would like feedback from the advocacy community and the public on the following:

  • Are cancer patients and others aware that nanotechnology is being used in cancer research?
  • Do cancer patients and others think nanotechnology is important for cancer research?