Who We Are

Duke Cancer Institute's Oncology Patient Advisory Council serves to improve the cancer experience for patients and their families.

Diverse Group of People


The Oncology Patient Advisory Council (OPAC) is a diverse group of cancer patients, survivors, family members, caregivers and Duke Cancer Institute staff. Members are volunteers and vary in age, sex, cancer type, abilities, profession and education. OPAC size ranges from 10 to 30 members depending on current community needs.

Council members share the following common values:

  • enhance patient-centered care
  • respect the needs of the human spirit
  • bring together patients and their caregivers as partners in healing, education and research

Defining OPAC

Oncology  -  we support the Duke Health cancer community

Patient      -  we are patients, survivors, family members and Duke Health staff

Advisory   -  we share thoughts and opinions to make projects throughout Duke cancer care
                      sites work better

Council     -  we are a diverse and welcoming group that meets monthly