Office of Communications and Public Liaison

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The NCI Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) furthers the Institute’s mission to lead, support, and conduct the Nation’s cancer research enterprise to advance scientific knowledge and pave the way for all people to live longer healthier lives. OCPL provides and disseminates evidence-based cancer information about NCI-funded research, recent cancer research findings, cancer clinical trials, and funding and partnership opportunities to patients, caregivers, health professionals, researchers, advocates, the news media, and other stakeholders across the cancer community.

OCPL is the public face for NCI and manages many programs and services for a variety of audiences, including:

  • Media Relations
    OCPL establishes and maintains relationships with the news media, conducts media outreach, responds to media inquiries, and prepares and distributes press releases about NCI’s research and programs.
  • NCI Contact Center
    The NCI Contact Center provides personalized, confidential answers to specific questions about cancer—and assistance to smokers who want to quit—via phone, live chat, and email. English and Spanish-speaking information specialists are available. The Contact Center can also answer questions about NCI’s programs and services.
  •—NCI’s Website
    NCI's website serves as a primary point of access for online information about cancer, the institute, and NCI-supported research. offers credible, current, and comprehensive information about cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, and coping and survivorship. It also provides news and information about NCI research and activities. The website is also available in Spanish at Content on is available for use by other websites and digital product developers via our content syndication services.

    Some of the resources on include:
    • Physician Data Query (PDQ®)
      NCI's comprehensive source for cancer information, PDQ, contains peer-reviewed information summaries about cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, supportive care, and complementary and alternative medicine. Summaries are regularly updated with the latest evidence-based information. Most summaries are available in health professional and patient versions and in both English and Spanish.
    • Patient Education Publications
      NCI’s patient education publications address a variety of topics of interest to patients and their families and caregivers and are available in several formats.
    • NCI Fact Sheets
      The NCI fact sheet collection addresses questions about risk factors for cancer, prevention, support, treatment, and other topics. The collection is updated and revised based on the latest cancer research.
    • Cancer Currents Blog
      NCI’s enterprise blog features timely research news and updates, perspectives from NCI leadership, FDA approvals of cancer treatments, and other news of interest to scientists, investigators, advocates, policy makers, cancer patients, survivors, family members, and the interested public.
    • NCI Visuals Online
      NCI Visuals Online contains general biomedical and science-related images, cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images, infographics, and photos of leaders and staff of the National Cancer Institute.
Director, Peter Garrett

Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL)
National Cancer Institute
BG 9609 MSC 9760
9609 Medical Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-9760

Phone: 240-276-6600

  • Updated: July 10, 2017