PALTOWN empowers proactive patients and caregivers with educational tools and peer-to-peer support. Our programs provide connection, education, and support to thousands of colorectal cancer patients and caregivers.
All our programs are created and managed by our patient and caregiver staff, who draw on their lived experience with cancer to give back in a meaningful way to their “neighbors.”
For colorectal cancer patients and caregivers
Home to more than 10,000 members in over 120 online "neighborhoods" spanning all aspects of the cancer experience. COLONTOWN is run entirely by patient and caregiver graduates of our Empowered Patient Leaders program.
The EPL program has become a cornerstone of PALTOWN’s patient education and community offerings. The Workshops train volunteer patients and caregivers to help run the 120+ neighborhoods in COLONTOWN, onboard new members, and expand the capacity of the community to provide both support and knowledge to its members.
Colorectal Cancer Education by Patients, For Patients
- CRC101 Learning Center: everything you need to know at diagnosis
- Diagnostic and Surveillance Testing: how biomarker testing can inform your treatment
- 70 DocTalks: video conversations with leading clinicians and researchers
- Resource Fairs, Side Effects Guide, and more!
Searching Safari Workshop
The Searching Safari program teaches stage IV colorectal cancer patients how to navigate the clinical trials landscape.
Based on the experiences of the 3,000+ members of COLONTOWN’s clinical trials neighborhoods, this course provides practical, patient-centric tools for identifying trial options.
Second Opinion Project
The Second Opinion Project provides direct financial assistance to stage IV colorectal cancer patients seeking second opinions.
This project is the brainchild of caregiver Felix Lu, COLONTOWN member and caregiver for his wife Dianna, who passed away in 2020.
The Lu Family Fund supports the Second Opinion Project, which has approved 200 stage IV patients for assistance.