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Loneliness, isolation and associations with cancer and factors predictive of cancer-specific mortality

In 2020, the Kaiser Permanente Research Biobank collected survey data on the effects of the pandemic, including questions on loneliness, living situation, and changes in social contact. We propose to examine these changes in KP members with and without cancer and their influence on rates of cancer diagnosis and factors predictive of cancer survival (stage at diagnosis, health behaviors, heart health, and treatment). Evaluation of these associations will be critical to understanding the influence of social isolation and loneliness on treatment and health in cancer patients.

Investigator: Kroenke, Candyce

Funder: Northern California Community Benefit Programs

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