Help Using NCI Publications Locator

The National Cancer Institute Publications Locator provides free NCI educational and support publications about cancer for patients and their families, health care providers, and the public.

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Order online

You can place orders to addresses in the United States through the NCI Publications Locator,

How do I order?

  1. Search or browse for a publication. Many cancer topics are listed on the main page.
  2. Click Order.
  3. A pop-up window appears. If you need more than 1 copy, type the number of copies you need. The limit displayed is the maximum number of copies you can order of that title.
  4. Click Add to Cart.
  5. Click View Cart (in the top right of the site) when you are ready to order.
  6. In your Shopping Cart, click Check Out.
  7. Click Verify Order to review your entire order before it is submitted.
  8. If your order is correct, click Submit Order.
  9. Your order is complete and will ship within 2 business days.

Limits on ordering

How many copies can I order?

  • To make sure publications are available to everyone, we limit the number of copies of each title you can order.
  • Publications have different order limits based on our inventory. Please check online for the most current limit, which is displayed when you order a publication, or contact us for help.
  • As of March 17, 2017 you will no longer be able to place orders of more than 20 items total, or use FedEx or UPS shipping methods.

How often can I order?

  • Cancer patients, their families and friends, and the general public can order as often as necessary to fulfill their individual needs.
  • Health professionals and organizations can place one order each calendar month.

If my organization’s needs exceed the order limit, how can we get more copies?

  • You can print most publications using the View or Print options.
  • Selected materials are available with separate Contents & Covers, for easy 8.5x11 inch copying as you need them.
  • To learn more, please visit the Self-Printing Options page on NCI Publications Locator.

Shipping and handling charges

NCI publications are free. There are no handling charges for NCI publications.

Orders up to 20 items

  • There are no shipping charges for orders up to 20 items. 20 items means 20 copies of one publication title, or any combination of titles up to 20 copies in total.

Register for an NCI Publications Locator account

I already have an account

  • Enter your user name (e-mail address) and password, then click Login.
  • Trouble? Click Forgot Password and follow the steps to get a new password by e-mail.
  • If you think you have an account but cannot log in, please contact us for help.

Find out when publications will arrive

Orders ship from the NCI Distribution Center in Baltimore, Maryland within 2 business days.

Orders up to 20 items

Orders up to 20 items ship by U.S. Postal Service. You can expect publications to arrive 3-15 business days after shipment.

Order to an address outside the United States

Can people outside the United States order NCI publications?

No. We cannot send international orders. But, we can send orders to some places outside the 50 United States that are not considered international addresses. Use the table below to find out if we can send publications to your address.

Can people in Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office (APO or FPO) locations, U.S. territories and possessions order NCI publications?

Yes. There are some limitations for these orders:

  • Orders to these locations ship by U.S. Postal Service and may take longer than 3-15 business days to arrive.
  • There are no shipping charges for these orders, but we cannot send large orders or send items by FedEx or UPS.

Use the following table to find out how many publications we can send and how to order.

If your address is Number of publications you can order How to order
APO or FPO 30 items total You can order online. To order more than 20 items, you must register. (After you enter your address, you will no longer be asked for a FedEx or UPS shipping number.)

To enter your address, enter the ZIP Code first. Then, choose City APO or FPO and State AE (Armed Forces Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Canada), AA (Armed Forces Americas) or AP (Armed Forces Pacific).
U.S. territories and possessions, such as Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa 30 items total You can order online. To order more than 20 items, you must register. (After you enter your address, you will no longer be asked for a FedEx or UPS shipping number.)
Another place outside the United States (international orders) None We cannot send international orders. Please visit Self-Printing Options to learn about printing your own copies.

Contact us for help with ordering


Call us at 1–800–4–CANCER (1–800–422–6237). Choose the option to order publications. We are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.


Fax orders to us at 410–646–3117.


National Cancer Institute, NIH, DHHS
Publications Ordering Service
Post Office Box 24128
Baltimore, MD 21227


E-mail us at with questions about ordering, or to submit an order.

Questions about cancer?

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