Patients can return the Cologuard Collection Kit by scheduling an at-home pickup, or by visiting a UPS® location.
Shipped back to Exact Sciences Laboratories within 24 hours.
Test results are usually received by the healthcare provider within 2 weeks.
What do the results mean?
A positive test result does not necessarily mean the patient has colorectal cancer. It means that Cologuard detected elevated levels of altered DNA and/or hemoglobin in the patient's stool. Patients with a positive result should have a diagnostic colonoscopy.1
A negative test result means that Cologuard did not detect significant levels of altered DNA and/or hemoglobin in the stool. Patients with a negative result should continue in an appropriate screening program. The American Cancer Society-recommended screening interval for Cologuard is every 3 years after a negative result.1,2
Sample Could Not Be Processed (SCNBP) means that the sample received by the lab could not be processed for reasons such as: required labeling information was missing, buffer addition could not be verified, stool sample exceeds allowable weight, collection kit was damaged, an empty kit was received. For these, the patient will be contacted by Exact Sciences and a fax sent to the provider.
No Result Obtained (NRO) means that a valid Cologuard result was not obtained for reasons such as: insufficient DNA volume, fecal hemoglobin sample did not produce a valid result, technical issues, etc. For these, the patient will be contacted by Exact Sciences and a fax sent to the provider.
Reminder: Results are delivered directly to you so that you can communicate the results to your patients. Results are provided directly to patients only upon special request.
False positives and false negatives do occur. In a clinical study, 13% of patients without colorectal cancer or advanced adenomas received a positive result (false positive) and 8% of patients with cancer received a negative result (false negative). Cologuard performance when used for repeat testing has not been evaluated or established.