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Social Networks, Breast Cancer Treatment and Survival

The research goal is to better understand how breast cancer patients’ social networks influence breast cancer treatment and prognosis. Aims are to: 1) evaluate associations of social network size, types and diversity of network members, and levels of social support, and time to and adherence with breast cancer treatment in the Pathways cohort of stage I-IV breast cancer patients; 2) evaluate associations of social networks and breast cancer recurrence and mortality; and 3) develop, pilot, evaluate, and refine a brief “social networks as a vital sign” (SVS) questionnaire in breast cancer patients at the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center.

Investigator: Kroenke, Candyce

Funder: National Cancer Institute

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