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Office of Communications and Public Liaison

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 by providing and disseminating evidence-based cancer information to patients, caregivers, health professionals, researchers, advocates, the news media, and other stakeholders across the cancer community, both in the United States and abroad.

OCPL is the public face for NCI, communicating about NCI-funded research, recent cancer research findings, cancer clinical trials, and funding and partnership opportunities for a variety of audiences. OCPL manages many programs and services, 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.
  • The Cancer Information Service (CIS)
    The Cancer Information Service (CIS), NCI's 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. CIS 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 its content syndication services.

    Some of the resources on include:
    • Physician Data Query (PDQ®)
      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
      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 biomedical and science-related images, cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images, infographics, and photos of NCI leaders and staff for public use.
  • Social Media
    OCPL manages NCI’s enterprise social media accounts and plans and coordinates the institute’s social media events.