Office of Communications and Public Liaison

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The NCI Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) supports NCI by disseminating cancer research findings, providing evidence-based information on cancer for the public, including patients, caregivers, health professionals, researchers, advocates, the news media, and other stakeholders, and disseminating information about cancer clinical trials and funding opportunities.

OCPL provides core communications services—including public affairs counsel, science writing and content development, strategic dissemination and media and social media outreach—to NCI divisions, offices and centers and manages many programs and services, including:

  • Media Relations
    OCPL is responsible for all media relations activities, including press releases, media outreach, and media inquiries.
  • Physician Data Query (PDQ®)
    NCI's comprehensive cancer information database, PDQ, contains peer-reviewed information summaries about cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, supportive care, and complementary and alternative medicine.
  • Cancer Information Service (CIS)
    The CIS provides personalized, confidential responses to specific questions about cancer and assistance to smokers who want to quit. English and Spanish-speaking information specialists are available. Call 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).
  •—NCI’s Enterprise Website
    NCI's website serves as a primary point of access for NCI research information and other cancer information.

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: October 1, 2014