University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Betty Smoot, DPTSc, PT

Betty Smoot, DPTSc, PT

Associate Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Breast Oncology

Research Summary

My research focuses on breast cancer-related lymphedema (LE), a progressive and incurable condition that results from lymphatic system damage during cancer treatment. My research goals are to 1) to evaluate genetic and molecular mechanisms associated with increased risk for LE after breast cancer treatment and 2) to evaluate strategies to prevent and treat breast cancer-related lymphedema.

Education

San Francisco State University, BA, 05/81, Biology
University of California, San Francisco, Post-baccalaureate Certif., 09/83, Physical Therapy
University of California, San Francisco, Doctorate of Physical Therapy Science, 06/09, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
American College of Sports Medicine, Certification, 09/08, Cancer Exercise Trainer
Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy, Certification, 10/10, Lymphedema Therapist
University of California, San Francisco, Masters of Advanced Studies, 06/15, Clinical Research


Professional Experience

  • 1983 – 1988
    San Francisco Bay Area, Staff Physical Therapist
  • 1988 – 2010
    Sonoma Valley Hospital, Sonoma, CA, Lead Physical Therapist
  • 2010 – 2015
    UCSF Dept. of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Assistant Professor (Primary Appointment)
  • 2010 – 2015
    UCSF Dept. of Anatomy, Assistant Professor (Joint Appointment)
  • 2015 – present
    UCSF Dept. of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Associate Professor (Primary Appointment)
  • 2015 – present
    UCSF Dept. of Anatomy, Associate Professor (Joint Appointment)

Honors & Awards

  • 2006
    Kean Graduate Fellowship Award, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2008
    University of California, San Francisco Graduate Student Research Award
  • 2008
    California Physical Therapy Association Research Award
  • 2009>
    UCSF Graduate Division-Earle C. Anthony Travel Award
  • 2009
    Graduate Student Distinguished Achievement Award, San Francisco State University
  • 2010
    Norton School of Lymphedema, Medi Certified Lymphedema Therapist Scholarship
  • 2010
    American Association of Anatomist Training Program Scholarship
  • 2011
    California Physical Therapy Association Research Publication Award
  • 2012
    Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2013
    Essential Core Teaching Award Commitment to Teaching
  • 2013
    UCSF-Kaiser Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health K12 Award
  • 2014
    First Time Writers Award, Journal of Hand Therapy, American Society of Hand Therapists

Selected Publications

  1. Miaskowski C, Mastick J, Paul SM, Abrams G, Cheung S, Sabes JH, Kober KM, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Topp K, Smoot B, Mausisa G, Mazor M, Wallhagen M, Levine JD. Impact of chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicities on adult cancer survivors' symptom burden and quality of life. J Cancer Surviv. 2017 Nov 20.
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  2. Mazor M, Lee JQ, Peled A, Zerzan S, Irwin C, Chesney MA, Serrurier K, Sbitany H, Dhruva A, Sacks D, Smoot B. The Effect of Yoga on Arm Volume, Strength, and Range of Motion in Women at Risk for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Oct 24.
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  3. Mazor M, Cataldo JK, Lee K, Dhruva A, Paul SM, Smoot BJ, Dunn LB, Levine JD, Mastick J, Conley YP, Miaskowski C. Influence of Menopausal Status on the Symptom Experience of Women Before Breast Cancer Surgery. Cancer Nurs. 2017 Sep 23.
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  4. Smoot B, Kober KM, Paul SM, Levine JD, Abrams G, Mastick J, Topp K, Conley YP, Miaskowski CA. Potassium Channel Candidate Genes Predict the Development of Secondary Lymphedema Following Breast Cancer Surgery. Nurs Res. 2017 Mar/Apr; 66(2):85-94.
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  5. Abid H, Kober KM, Smoot B, Paul SM, Hammer M, Levine JD, Lee K, Wright F, Cooper BA, Conley YP, Miaskowski C. Common and Distinct Characteristics Associated With Trajectories of Morning and Evening Energy in Oncology Patients Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 May; 53(5):887-900.e2.
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  6. Miaskowski C, Mastick J, Paul SM, Topp K, Smoot B, Abrams G, Chen LM, Kober KM, Conley YP, Chesney M, Bolla K, Mausisa G, Mazor M, Wong M, Schumacher M, Levine JD. Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy in Cancer Survivors. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Aug; 54(2):204-218.e2.
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  7. Kober KM, Smoot B, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Polymorphisms in Cytokine Genes Are Associated With Higher Levels of Fatigue and Lower Levels of Energy in Women After Breast Cancer Surgery. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Nov; 52(5):695-708.e4.
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  8. Smoot B, Paul SM, Aouizerat BE, Dunn L, Elboim C, Schmidt B, Hamolsky D, Levine JD, Abrams G, Mastick J, Topp K, Miaskowski C. Predictors of Altered Upper Extremity Function During the First Year After Breast Cancer Treatment. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Sep; 95(9):639-55.
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  9. Boyd BS, Nee RJ, Smoot B. Safety of lower extremity neurodynamic exercises in adults with diabetes mellitus: a feasibility study. J Man Manip Ther. 2017 Feb; 25(1):30-38.
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  10. Smoot B, Cooper BA, Conley Y, Kober K, Levine JD, Mastick J, Topp K, Miaskowski C. Differences in limb volume trajectories after breast cancer treatment. J Cancer Surviv. 2016 08; 10(4):772-82.
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  11. Smoot B, Chiavola-Larson L, Lee J, Manibusan H, Allen DD. Effect of low-level laser therapy on pain and swelling in women with breast cancer-related lymphedema: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Cancer Surviv. 2015 Jun; 9(2):287-304.
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  12. Chu J, Allen DD, Pawlowsky S, Smoot B. Peripheral response to cervical or thoracic spinal manual therapy: an evidence-based review with meta analysis. J Man Manip Ther. 2014 Nov; 22(4):220-9.
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  13. Smoot B, Zerzan S, Krasnoff J, Wong J, Cho M, Dodd M. Upper extremity bioimpedance before and after treadmill testing in women post breast cancer treatment. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Nov; 148(2):445-53.
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  14. Smoot B, Paul SM, Aouizerat BE, Elboim C, Levine JD, Abrams G, Hamolsky D, Neuhaus J, Schmidt B, West C, Topp K, Miaskowski C. Side of cancer does not influence limb volumes in women prior to breast cancer surgery. Lymphat Res Biol. 2014 Sep; 12(3):189-93.
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  15. Leung G, Baggott C, West C, Elboim C, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Abrams G, Dhruva A, Schmidt BL, Kober K, Merriman JD, Leutwyler H, Neuhaus J, Langford D, Smoot BJ, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Cytokine candidate genes predict the development of secondary lymphedema following breast cancer surgery. Lymphat Res Biol. 2014 Mar; 12(1):10-22.
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  16. Smoot B, Boyd BS, Byl N, Dodd M. Mechanosensitivity in the upper extremity following breast cancer treatment. J Hand Ther. 2014 Jan-Mar; 27(1):4-11.
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  17. Miaskowski C, Dodd M, Paul SM, West C, Hamolsky D, Abrams G, Cooper BA, Elboim C, Neuhaus J, Schmidt BL, Smoot B, Aouizerat BE. Lymphatic and angiogenic candidate genes predict the development of secondary lymphedema following breast cancer surgery. PLoS One. 2013; 8(4):e60164.
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  18. Smoot B, Johnson M, Duda J J, Krasnoff J, Dodd M. Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Women with and without Lymphedema following Breast Cancer Treatment. Cancer Clin Oncol. 2012 May; 1(1):21-31.
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  19. Smoot BJ, Wong JF, Dodd MJ. Comparison of diagnostic accuracy of clinical measures of breast cancer-related lymphedema: area under the curve. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2011 Apr; 92(4):603-10.
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  20. Smoot B, Wong J, Cooper B, Wanek L, Topp K, Byl N, Dodd M. Upper extremity impairments in women with or without lymphedema following breast cancer treatment. J Cancer Surviv. 2010 Jun; 4(2):167-78.
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