NCI Thesaurus: using science-based terminology to integrate cancer research results

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2004;107(Pt 1):33-7.


Cancer researchers need to be able to organize and report their results in a way that others can find, build upon, and relate to the specific clinical conditions of individual patients. NCI Thesaurus is a description logic terminology based on current science that helps individuals and software applications connect and organize the results of cancer research, e.g., by disease and underlying biology. Currently containing some 34,000 concepts--covering chemicals, drugs and other therapies, diseases, genes and gene products, anatomy, organisms, animal models, techniques, biologic processes, and administrative categories--NCI Thesaurus serves applications and the Web from a terminology server. As a scalable, formal terminology, the deployed Thesaurus, and associated applications and interfaces, are a model for some of the standards required for the NHII (National Health Information Infrastructure) and the Semantic Web.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Systems
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Neoplasms*
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • United States
  • Vocabulary, Controlled