Cancer is an ordeal. Getting the right cancer treatment at the right time from the right medical team, should not be. 

Patients have different experiences when going through treatment, some less pleasant than others. We can learn from the good experiences and work to improve the bad ones. To do this, we need to hear from patients and their caregivers. And we need to hear it all, the good and the bad! 

If you recently received treatment for colorectal cancer, or cancer of the pancreas or esophagus, please share your experience with us. You will receive $40 for your participation (1-hour survey and release of medical records). We want to hear the experiences of 1,000 cancer patients in Alabama and Mississippi.

Submit your information below to be contacted. An ASCENDS team member will contact you in 2-3 business days. You can also call us toll-free at 1-866-934-2723 or email us at

What is ASCENDS?

ASCENDS stands for Advancing Surgical Care and Equity in the Deep South. It is a new initiative sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to learn about how we can improve care for patients who have colorectal cancer, or cancers of the pancreas or esophagus.  

1000 people who recently had these cancers will be asked to take part in a survey over the phone. If they had surgery, they will also be asked for permission to release parts of their hospital record. With this, the ASCENDS team will learn more about best practices and needs patients may have at the time of surgery and recovery.

Why are we doing this? Our long-term goal is to inform medical providers in Alabama and Mississippi about best practices they can adopt to improve treatment, or about the practices they should improve upon. As a result, we believe these changes will increase the chances cancer patients will have to get the right treatments at the right time and have the best results from them. 


How can I participate?

If you are a colorectal, pancreatic, or esophageal cancer patient you may be eligible. 

Participation is simple!

You will participate in a one-time survey over the phone: this will last about one hour. You may also be asked to release parts of your hospital record.  To thank you for your time and participation, we will send you a $40 gift card. 

What will the survey ask?

The interviewer will questions about your experience from the time of diagnosis and through cancer treatment if you had any, about what went well, and about what may not have gone as well. If you had surgery, the interviewer will also ask questions related to preparing for surgery, having the surgery, and the period after surgery. 

Your views and opinions are very important to understand how to provide better care for all patients with colorectal, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer. 

We look forward to hearing from you!