The National Cancer Information Center is a nationwide toll-free hotline, located in Austin, TX which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  No matter what time of day a patient calls, they will be connected to an Information Specialist who is trained to answer questions about cancer and cancer related topics.In addition to information on specific cancers and their treatment, there is information on detection, prevention, alternative medicine and community resources.The most up-to-date written material on cancer can be obtained, at no cost, and can be sent by mail, fax or e-mail. Information on local events, programs and services of the American Cancer Society can also be obtained.