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National Cancer Institute PDQ Database Integration

The school has built an integration with the National Cancer Institute's PDQ database, a comprehensive database with summaries of thousands of cancer topics. Data files from NCI's database are downloaded and deployed to the School of Medicine's servers on a nightly basis, ensuring its websites have the most up-to-date NCI content. This is an automated process, and once setup on a site the content and links to the summary information are automatically maintained. Examples for a few topics are below:


  1. In your Building Blocks folder, create a NCI Listing component.
  2. In the title field, enter an appropriate title for the type of content you will be displaying on the page.
  3. Select the blue Topic IDs link. From the list you are directed to, select as many topics as you like.
    • A full listing of these categories can also be found here.
  4. Once you have entered all of your Topic IDs, Save & Close your component.
  5. Open the page in your root folder where you want to display the NCI Listing. Add the listing to the page using the NCI Listing template.
  6. Save & Close, then Publish the page.
  7. Create a new page in the same directory with the name "NCI Summary" and the file name "info"
  8. Insert the same NCI Listing component you created in steps 2-4 using the NCI Summary component template.
  9. Save & Close, then Publish the new page.

Brain Tumor Disease Information

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Adult Central Nervous System Tumors Treatment

Adult central nervous system tumor treatment may include surgery, radiosurgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surveillance, and targeted therapy. Treatment depends on the tumor type. Learn more about brain and spinal tumor treatment in this expert-reviewed summary.


Neuroblastoma Treatment

Neuroblastoma treatment may include surgery, observation, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, radioactive iodine, and high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant and targeted therapy. Treatment also depends on risk category. Learn more in this expert-reviewed summary.

Neuroblastoma Screening

Neuroblastoma screening does reduce the chance of dying from the disease. Not all screening tests are helpful and most have risks. Learn more about neuroblastoma and the potential benefits and harms of screening in this expert-reviewed summary.

Pituitary tumor

Pituitary Tumors Treatment

Treatment for pituitary tumors depends on the type of tumor and the type of excess hormones it may make. Many pituitary tumors can be removed by surgery. Pituitary tumors are also often treated with drug medications to stop excess hormone production. Learn more about treatment options for pituitary tumors.