Why Donate Stool Samples?

The human gut is home to trillions of microorganisms, which are known as the microbiome. The human microbiome has an important impact on our health. Bacteria and other microorganisms carry out important work the body cannot do itself such as process dietary fiber, and make essential vitamins. The composition of the microbiome varies from person to person, and is influenced by many factors including diet, lifestyle, and use of antibiotics or other medications. A balanced microbiome is important for good health. Disturbances in the microbiome have been correlated with a wide range of conditions, including obesity and Type 2 diabetes, as well as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Recent evidence shows that the microbial composition also plays a role in cancer treatment.

Persephone Biome is developing ways to manipulate the gut microbiome composition to help fight cancer. First, we must understand the connection between the microbiome and cancer drugs, such as the ones you are taking now. The stool samples that you and other patients in this study provide will lead to valuable data on microbiome composition and function. Your participation will help us to design better approaches to cancer treatment and prevention in the future. We sincerely thank you for your help, and wish you best of luck in your fight against cancer!

If you are currently a cancer patient and would like to help advance cancer research by donating your stool sample, please contact us by submitting your email address below to get started!