Office of Advocacy Relations
The NCI Office of Advocacy Relations (OAR) is NCI’s principal conduit for engaging the cancer advocacy community. OAR works with the entire cancer advocacy community—from individual research advocates to national advocacy organizations and foundations—to create a culture of advocate engagement at the NCI. As part of the Office of the Director, OAR facilitates meaningful engagements between the community and NCI that improve understanding, opportunity, and progress in cancer research.
The cancer patient perspective that research advocates bring into NCI’s research enterprise helps to inform research focus and support the dissemination of results that lead to new and better cancer prevention, detection, and treatment methods.
The NCI Council of Research Advocates advises NCI on matters that facilitate better research outcomes.