Have a direct impact on the future of colorectal cancer.
If you have ever been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, join a nationwide movement of patients to contribute your samples, your medical records, and your voice to colorectal cancer research. Together, we can speed the development of future therapies.
Enrollment begins later this year. Get notified when we launch:
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Thank you for your interest! We will contact you when the project launches.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of this project?

Our goal is to reach out to patients with colorectal cancer around the United States and Canada in order to study their cancer using cutting-edge genomic and molecular research studies performed at the Broad Institute, and to leverage technology to allow patients to participate in these studies regardless of where they are treated.

We will generate a large dataset that includes genomic, clinical, molecular, and patient-reported information that can be shared with the biomedical community in order to accelerate discoveries and better therapies for this disease. Cancer is not a single disease, and each medical record, tumor, and patient's story holds part of the puzzle. Our goal is to help the research community better understand the landscape of colorectal cancer and accelerate discoveries by making data more readily available.

What type of information will be generated and shared?

We will perform cutting-edge, comprehensive genomic and microbiome analyses from biological samples and will collect information from medical records as well as directly from patients. People who sign up for the project can elect to share samples of saliva, blood, leftover tissue from previous surgeries, and stool. Once we generate data, we will ensure that personal information is removed and will share freely with the biomedical community.

Who is eligible to participate?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer at any point may participate if they live in the USA or Canada.

Who is conducting this research?

This project is being conducted by Count Me In, a nonprofit organization that brings together patients & researchers as partners to accelerate discoveries in cancer research. Count Me In is stewarded by three leading organizations: Emerson Collective, a California-based social change organization; the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a leading nonprofit biomedical research institution; and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a leading cancer hospital.

What kinds of samples will you be collecting for this project?

Participants will have the opportunity to consent to providing a saliva sample, a blood sample, a stool sample and/or a portion of their archived tumor tissue. Saliva, blood, and/or stool kits will be sent directly to participants’ homes. Participants can provide saliva samples and blood samples from their homes with simple collection kits. If patients want to provide a blood sample, they can take a collection kit with them to a regularly scheduled appointment and ask for an additional blood draw, or they can visit their local Quest Diagnostics laboratory to provide a sample. All kits come with detailed instructions. If a patient consents to allow the study team to request a portion of their archived tumor sample, we will take every measure to ensure samples are not exhausted and are only requested after a detailed review of each medical record.

How do people sign up for this project?

Once the project is launched, people can join through our project website at colorectalcancerproject.org to share their information and voice with us. First, participants will be asked to share their name and email, answer some basic questions, and have the option to read and sign the project consent form. The consent form will allow people to elect to share a sample of saliva, blood, stool, and/or tissue, as well as a copy of their medical records and patient-reported data collected via survey(s). If a participant chooses to enroll, they will tell us where they live and where they have been treated so the study team can collect medical records and tissue and send sample kits to their home. Participants will also have the option to fill out surveys to tell us about their experience with colorectal cancer. The study team will keep participants up-to-date on study progress via email, social media, and additional outreach efforts.

Is this research being conducted for profit?

No. This project is a not-for-profit research endeavor. Our mission is to generate, aggregate, and freely share data that has had readily identifiable information removed with the research community in order to accelerate discoveries.
Have a direct impact on the future of colorectal cancer.
If you have ever been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, join a nationwide movement of patients to contribute your samples, your medical records, and your voice to colorectal cancer research. Together, we can speed the development of future therapies.
Enrollment begins later this year. Get notified when we launch:
Notify Me

Thank you for your interest! We will contact you when the project launches.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of this project?

Our goal is to reach out to patients with colorectal cancer around the United States and Canada in order to study their cancer using cutting-edge genomic and molecular research studies performed at the Broad Institute, and to leverage technology to allow patients to participate in these studies regardless of where they are treated.

We will generate a large dataset that includes genomic, clinical, molecular, and patient-reported information that can be shared with the biomedical community in order to accelerate discoveries and better therapies for this disease. Cancer is not a single disease, and each medical record, tumor, and patient's story holds part of the puzzle. Our goal is to help the research community better understand the landscape of colorectal cancer and accelerate discoveries by making data more readily available.

What type of information will be generated and shared?

We will perform cutting-edge, comprehensive genomic and microbiome analyses from biological samples and will collect information from medical records as well as directly from patients. People who sign up for the project can elect to share samples of saliva, blood, leftover tissue from previous surgeries, and stool. Once we generate data, we will ensure that personal information is removed and will share freely with the biomedical community.

Who is eligible to participate?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer at any point may participate if they live in the USA or Canada.

Who is conducting this research?

This project is being conducted by Count Me In, a nonprofit organization that brings together patients & researchers as partners to accelerate discoveries in cancer research. Count Me In is stewarded by three leading organizations: Emerson Collective, a California-based social change organization; the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a leading nonprofit biomedical research institution; and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a leading cancer hospital.

What kinds of samples will you be collecting for this project?

Participants will have the opportunity to consent to providing a saliva sample, a blood sample, a stool sample and/or a portion of their archived tumor tissue. Saliva, blood, and/or stool kits will be sent directly to participants’ homes. Participants can provide saliva samples and blood samples from their homes with simple collection kits. If patients want to provide a blood sample, they can take a collection kit with them to a regularly scheduled appointment and ask for an additional blood draw, or they can visit their local Quest Diagnostics laboratory to provide a sample. All kits come with detailed instructions. If a patient consents to allow the study team to request a portion of their archived tumor sample, we will take every measure to ensure samples are not exhausted and are only requested after a detailed review of each medical record.

How do people sign up for this project?

Once the project is launched, people can join through our project website at colorectalcancerproject.org to share their information and voice with us. First, participants will be asked to share their name and email, answer some basic questions, and have the option to read and sign the project consent form. The consent form will allow people to elect to share a sample of saliva, blood, stool, and/or tissue, as well as a copy of their medical records and patient-reported data collected via survey(s). If a participant chooses to enroll, they will tell us where they live and where they have been treated so the study team can collect medical records and tissue and send sample kits to their home. Participants will also have the option to fill out surveys to tell us about their experience with colorectal cancer. The study team will keep participants up-to-date on study progress via email, social media, and additional outreach efforts.

Is this research being conducted for profit?

No. This project is a not-for-profit research endeavor. Our mission is to generate, aggregate, and freely share data that has had readily identifiable information removed with the research community in order to accelerate discoveries.
Enrolling Soon: The Colorectal Cancer Project
Colorectal Cancer
Project
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of this project?

Our goal is to reach out to patients with colorectal cancer around the United States and Canada in order to study their cancer using cutting-edge genomic and molecular research studies performed at the Broad Institute, and to leverage technology to allow patients to participate in these studies regardless of where they are treated.

We will generate a large dataset that includes genomic, clinical, molecular, and patient-reported information that can be shared with the biomedical community in order to accelerate discoveries and better therapies for this disease. Cancer is not a single disease, and each medical record, tumor, and patient's story holds part of the puzzle. Our goal is to help the research community better understand the landscape of colorectal cancer and accelerate discoveries by making data more readily available.

What type of information will be generated and shared?

We will perform cutting-edge, comprehensive genomic and microbiome analyses from biological samples and will collect information from medical records as well as directly from patients. People who sign up for the project can elect to share samples of saliva, blood, leftover tissue from previous surgeries, and stool. Once we generate data, we will ensure that personal information is removed and will share freely with the biomedical community.

Who is eligible to participate?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer at any point may participate if they live in the USA or Canada.

Who is conducting this research?

This project is being conducted by Count Me In, a nonprofit organization that brings together patients & researchers as partners to accelerate discoveries in cancer research. Count Me In is stewarded by three leading organizations: Emerson Collective, a California-based social change organization; the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a leading nonprofit biomedical research institution; and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a leading cancer hospital.

What kinds of samples will you be collecting for this project?

Participants will have the opportunity to consent to providing a saliva sample, a blood sample, a stool sample and/or a portion of their archived tumor tissue. Saliva, blood, and/or stool kits will be sent directly to participants’ homes. Participants can provide saliva samples and blood samples from their homes with simple collection kits. If patients want to provide a blood sample, they can take a collection kit with them to a regularly scheduled appointment and ask for an additional blood draw, or they can visit their local Quest Diagnostics laboratory to provide a sample. All kits come with detailed instructions. If a patient consents to allow the study team to request a portion of their archived tumor sample, we will take every measure to ensure samples are not exhausted and are only requested after a detailed review of each medical record.

How do people sign up for this project?

Once the project is launched, people can join through our project website at colorectalcancerproject.org to share their information and voice with us. First, participants will be asked to share their name and email, answer some basic questions, and have the option to read and sign the project consent form. The consent form will allow people to elect to share a sample of saliva, blood, stool, and/or tissue, as well as a copy of their medical records and patient-reported data collected via survey(s). If a participant chooses to enroll, they will tell us where they live and where they have been treated so the study team can collect medical records and tissue and send sample kits to their home. Participants will also have the option to fill out surveys to tell us about their experience with colorectal cancer. The study team will keep participants up-to-date on study progress via email, social media, and additional outreach efforts.

Is this research being conducted for profit?

No. This project is a not-for-profit research endeavor. Our mission is to generate, aggregate, and freely share data that has had readily identifiable information removed with the research community in order to accelerate discoveries.
Enrollment begins later this year.
Get notified when we launch:
If you have ever been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, join a nationwide movement of patients to contribute your samples, your medical records, and your voice to colorectal cancer research. Together, we can speed the development of future therapies.
Have a direct impact on the future of colorectal cancer.
Notify Me

Thank you for your interest! We will contact you when the project launches.

Colorectal Cancer
Project
Enrolling Soon:
The Colorectal Cancer Project