The Office of Advocacy Relations (formerly the Office of Liaison Activities) was established in 1996 in order to help strengthen the Institute's communications and relationships with national advocacy and voluntary organizations who work with consumer advocates, and scientific and professional societies concerned about cancer. Today we administer a variety of formal and informal programs to ensure that the voices of those who are affected by cancer are included in NCI's priorities, programs, and policies.

The office disseminates information to individuals and advocacy groups, seeks input and feedback from these organizations, and encourages partnering and collaboration with them. OAR works collaboratively within the NCI to serve as a source of expertise concerning the consumer advocate viewpoint and to work with all NCI staff and contractors to involve the advocate community in the most appropriate way. Please view the OAR Fact Sheet and visit Our Programs to learn more.