The LADDER Study

There are approximately 240,000 Kentucky residents with a history of cancer. In 2021, there will be an estimated 30,000 new cancer cases diagnosed in Kentucky. This number is expected to grow as cancer treatment improves.  Understanding reactions and experiences after a cancer diagnosis is important for this growing population.

If you are a cancer survivor and live in Kentucky, we hope that you will consider participating in the LADDER study.

About the LADDER Study

Survivorship starts at diagnosis and includes living with, through and beyond cancer.

LADDER (Life After Diagnosis and Descriptors of Experience and Responses) is an online, Kentucky-based research study about the influence that cancer and cancer treatments have on the lives, experiences and wellbeing of those diagnosed with cancer.

Study participants will respond to questions about their health, cancer experience, and any emotional, mental, physical, social, or practical issues that may have affected them from the time of diagnosis.  This study is open to adults over the age of 18 years, living in Kentucky and newly diagnosed with cancer within the past 12 months. Participants will receive compensation. 

How you will be helping

Visit our website to enroll. Give your voice to your cancer journey.

Results from combined responses from all participants will help guide strategies for promoting healthy routines, enhancing wellbeing, and improving experiences among people diagnosed with cancer.

Information from this study has the potential to build on advocacy efforts for Kentucky-based cancer survivorship care programs.

Contact Us

 The LADDER study is led by Dr. Stephanie Boone, a Kentucky native, with a team of researchers from the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences in partnership with Dr. Sara Northerner’s team from UofL’s Information Technology Services.

Contact Dr. Boone at 502-852-2257 or email the study team at .

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