Share The Journey

Study Information and Consent To Researcher

TITLE: Share the Journey Mind, Body and Wellness after Breast Cancer (Breast Cancer Survivor Study)
PROTOCOL NO.: 201411020
WIRB® Protocol # 20142174
SPONSOR: Sage Bionetworks
INVESTIGATORS: Stephen H. Friend, MD, PhD (Principal Investigator)
Andrew Trister, MD, PhD (Medical monitor)
1100 Fairview Ave. North
Seattle, Washington 98109-4433
United States
+1 206-667-2103 or toll-free at 844-822-4707
  APPROVED Nov 05, 2014, WIRB®
UPDATED Mar 6, 2015, WIRB®


You are invited to participate in a research study to understand variations in symptoms during recovery from breast cancer treatment. This study is designed for women between 18 and 80 years old with a history of breast cancer treatment and women without any history of cancer. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary.

To be in a research study you must give your informed consent. The purpose of this form is to help you decide if you want to participate in this study. Please read the information carefully. You should not join the research study until all of your questions are answered.

If you decide to take part in this research study, you will be given a copy of this signed and dated consent form. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent, and to discontinue participation at any time.

Participating in a research study is not the same as receiving medical care. The decision to join or not join the research study will not affect your medical benefits.


Women recovering from breast cancer treatment can have very different and more or less severe symptoms day to day. These symptoms affect quality of life and make managing recovery difficult. We would like to understand the causes of these symptom variations.

New technologies allow people to record and track their health and symptoms in real time.

This study will monitor individual's health and symptoms using questionnaires and sensors via a mobile phone application. The data from many participants will be analyzed to better understand the differences in symptoms reported. We will also assess whether mobile devices and sensors can help better measure and manage these symptoms. You will have a unique account that you can use to review your own data and see how it fluctuates over time. Ultimately our goal is to learn with you how to improve quality of life after breast cancer treatment.

Your data, without your name, will be added to the data of other study participants and analyzed by the study team. Also, if you choose to, your study data (without your contact information) can be made available to other qualified researchers for this and future research. You will have a unique account that you can use to review your own data.

How long will I be in the research study?

We anticipate this study will last about six months, however the app can remain on your phone for multiple years, and you can keep using it to track your symptoms and review your data.

How many people will take part in this study?

We anticipate enrolling 20,000 subjects in this study.


What will you be asked to do?

If you decide to join the study you will need to download the free study application on your mobile device, register an account and confirm your agreement to participate in this study. Then, periodically we will ask you to answer questions and/or perform activities on your mobile phone. Your study data will include your responses to surveys and activities and some measurements from the phone itself about how you are moving and interacting with others.

We will send notices on your phone asking you to complete these activities and surveys. You may choose to act at your convenience, (either then or later) and you may choose to participate in all or only in some parts of the study. These surveys and activities should take you about 20 minutes each week. You can adjust the app settings to turn on and off sending data at any time. Occasionally we may re-contact you to ask for your feedback about using the app and about the kind of questions included in the study.

What we will and will not do with the data?


There are risks, discomforts, and inconveniences associated with any research study. These risks, while very low, deserve careful thought and should still be contemplated prior to enrolling.


The goal of this study is to create knowledge that can benefit us as a society. The benefits are primarily the creation of insights to help current and future patients and their families to better detect, understand and manage their health. We will return the insights learned from analysis of the study data through the study website, blogs and/or research publications, but these insights may not be of direct benefit to you. We cannot, and thus we do not, guarantee or promise that you will personally receive any direct benefits from this study. However you will be able to track your health and export your data at will to share with your medical doctor and anyone you choose.


You will not be paid for being in this study.


There is no cost to you to participate in this study other than to your mobile data plan if applicable.


Since no medical treatments are provided during this study there are no alternative therapies. The only alternative is to not participate.


Because information about you and your health is personal and private, it generally cannot be used in a research study without your written authorization. If you sign this consent form, you will provide that authorization. You do not have to sign this form. But if you do not, you will not be able to participate in this research study.

What personal information will be used or disclosed? The information that may be used or disclosed in connection with this research study include your body height, weight, gender, age, ethnicity/race, health history, answers to study questions, and health information that may be discernible from your mobile phone's sensors. Your account information, study data and signed consent form may also be looked at and/or copied by designated personnel for regulatory and quality assurance.

Who may use and disclose my data and why? The study sponsor, investigators and study staff may use and disclose your data to do the research described above or as required by law (e.g. to see if the research was done right and/or to prevent possible injury to yourself or others).

Who May Receive or Use the Information? The parties listed in the preceding paragraph may disclose your health information as required by law to:

When will my authorization expire? Your authorization for the use and/or disclosure of your health information will expire December 31, 2060.

If you choose to withdraw from the research study, we will stop collecting your study data. At the end of the study period we will stop collecting your data, even if the application remains on your phone and you keep using it. If you were interested in joining another study afterward, we would ask you to complete another consent, like this one, explaining the risks and benefits of the new study.


We are committed to protect your information and keep your identity as confidential as possible, however total confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

Except as required by law, you will not be identified by name or by any other direct personal identifier. The data collected through the app will be encrypted on the smartphone, transferred electronically and stored securely on the Synapse data repository and analysis platform using Amazon-Web Cloud Services.

Your contact information, including your name and e-mail address will be stored separately from the study data. We will use a random code number instead of your name on all your study data.. This code cannot be used to directly identify you. Information about the code will be kept in a secure system.

We will NOT access your personal contacts, other applications, text or email message content, or websites visited. WE WILL NEVER SELL, RENT OR LEASE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION.



If you are injured as a direct result of your participation in this study, the Principal Investigator or the medical monitor and the research study staff will assist you in obtaining appropriate medical treatment. Your medical insurance, managed care plan, or other benefits program will be billed for this treatment. You will be responsible for any associated co-payments or deductibles as required by your insurance.

If costs of care related to such an injury are not covered by your medical insurance, managed care plan or other benefits program, you may be responsible for these costs. The sponsor will not routinely pay charges that your insurance does not cover. No payment is routinely available from the study sponsor.


Your participation in this study is voluntary. You do not have to sign this consent form. But if you do not, you will not be able to participate in this research study.

To withdraw from this study please contact the Dr. Andrew Trister by email or call +1-206-667-2103 or toll-free at 844-822-4707.

Although you can withdraw from the study at any time, you cannot withdraw the coded study data that have already been distributed. If you withdraw from the study, we will stop collecting new data, but the coded study data that you have already provided, and that have already been distributed will not be able to be destroyed or deleted.

The Study Principal Investigator or the sponsor may also withdraw you from the study without your consent at any time for any reason, including if it is in your best interest, you do not consent to continue in the study after being told of changes in the research that may affect you, or if the study is cancelled.


This study gives you the option to share your coded study data more broadly, with other researchers worldwide for use in this research and beyond to benefit future research.

If you choose to share your data broadly, your coded data (without your contact information) will be added to a shared study dataset on Synapse. This shared study dataset will be made available to qualified researchers who are registered users of Synapse and who have agreed to using the data in an ethical manner, to do no harm and not attempt to re-identify or re-contact you unless you have chosen to allow them to do so. No name or contact information will be included in this shared study dataset. Researchers will have access to the shared study data but will be unable to easily map any particular data to the identities of the participants. The Principal Investigator and Sponsor will have no oversight on the future use of the shared study data by other researchers.


Sage Bionetworks designed this study in collaboration with advisors in breast cancer research. The study is sponsored by Sage Bionetworks with some funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ( and technical support from YMedia labs ( Sage Bionetworks is a US-based non-profit research organization dedicated to the advancement of science through open research initiatives.


Please take all the time you need to review this study information and think about whether you would like to participate in this study. Do not hesitate to talk with family, friends and/or the study staff if you have any questions before you decide.

If after reading this document you would like more information, wish to provide us feedback or if you have new questions, concerns or complaints at any time before, during, or after the study, you can contact Dr. Stephen Friend, the study principal investigator or Dr. Andrew Trister, the medical monitor by email at or call +1 206 667-2103 or toll-free at 844-822-4707.

Independent Contact: This study was reviewed and approved by the Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB). If you are not satisfied with how this study is being conducted, if you have questions about your rights as a research participant or if you have questions, concerns, input, or complaints about the research, please contact the Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) to speak to someone independent of the research team:

Western Institutional Review Board® (WIRB®)
1019 39th Avenue SE Suite 120
Puyallup, WA 98374-2115
Telephone: 1-800-562-4789 or 360-252-2500

WIRB is a group of people who perform independent review of research.

WIRB will not be able to answer some study-specific questions, such as questions about appointment times. However, you may contact WIRB if the research staff cannot be reached or if you wish to talk to someone other than the research staff.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this information.


I have read about this research study (or it has been read to me). All my questions about the study and my part in it have been answered. I freely consent to be in this research study and I authorize the use and disclosure of my unnamed, coded data in electronic database(s) for use in research as indicated in the data sharing setting through the app preferences.

By signing this consent form I have not given up any of my legal rights.