Research Summary

I am an internationally recognized expert in pain and symptom management research. A portion of my program of research focuses on the identification of phenotypic and genotypic characteristics that place patients at highest risk for the development of the most deleterious symptoms that occur as a result of cancer and its treatment. More recently, my work is focused on an evaluation of differences in the co-occurrence of multiple symptoms in younger versus older oncology patients.

Research Funding

  • July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022 - Biobehavioral Research Training in Symptom Science, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NINR, Sponsor Award ID: T32NR016920
  • September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2021 - Impact of Hearing Loss and Tinnitus in Cancer Survivors, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA212064
  • July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2021 - Biomarker and Phenotypic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Lymphedema, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA187160
  • August 6, 2013 - July 31, 2018 - Advancing the Science of Symptom Management in Oncology Patients, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: K05CA168960

Education

Molloy College, Rockville Center, NY, BSN, 1974, Nursing
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, MS, 1979, Nursing
St. Johns University, Jamaica, NY, MS, 1984, Biology
St. Johns University, Jamaica, NY, PhD, 1987, Physiology
University of California, San Francisco, Postdoc, 1988-90, Pain Management

Honors & Awards

  • 2000
    Distinguished Nurse Researcher, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2000
    Helen Nahm Research Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2000
    Wilbert Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award, American Pain Society
  • 2002
    Distinguished Merit Award, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
  • 2005
    Distinguished Service Award, American Pain Society
  • 2006
    Distinguished Researcher Award, Western Institute of Nursing Research

Selected Publications

  1. Koleck TA, Topaz M, Tatonetti NP, George M, Miaskowski C, Smaldone A, Bakken S. Characterizing shared and distinct symptom clusters in common chronic conditions through natural language processing of nursing notes. Res Nurs Health. 2021 Oct 12.  View on PubMed
  2. Wong ML, Shi Y, Smith AK, Miaskowski C, Boscardin WJ, Cohen HJ, Lam V, Mazor M, Metzger L, Presley CJ, Williams GR, Loh KP, Ursem CJ, Friedlander TW, Blakely CM, Gubens MA, Allen G, Shumay D, Walter LC. Changes in older adults' life space during lung cancer treatment: A mixed methods cohort study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 Oct 05.  View on PubMed
  3. Pozzar RA, Hammer MJ, Cooper BA, Kober KM, Chen LM, Paul SM, Conley YP, Cartwright F, Wright F, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Stability of Symptom Clusters in Patients With Gynecologic Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2021 Sep 23.  View on PubMed
  4. Pozzar RA, Hammer MJ, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Kober KM, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Distinct sleep disturbance profiles among patients with gynecologic cancer receiving chemotherapy. Gynecol Oncol. 2021 Sep 11.  View on PubMed
  5. Ng MSN, Chan DNS, Cheng Q, Miaskowski C, So WKW. Association between Financial Hardship and Symptom Burden in Patients Receiving Maintenance Dialysis: A Systematic Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Sep 10; 18(18).  View on PubMed
  6. Torstveit AH, Miaskowski C, Løyland B, Grov EK, Guren MG, Ritchie CS, Paul SM, Kleven AG, Utne I. Common and distinct characteristics associated with self-reported functional status in older patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2021 Sep 06; 54:102033.  View on PubMed
  7. Gaudernack HE, Hareide MM, Miaskowski C, Ritchie C, Løyland B, Grov EK, Paul SM, Torstveit AH, Utne I. Symptom experience of older oncology patients with low versus high levels of multimorbidity prior to chemotherapy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2021 Sep 04; 54:102029.  View on PubMed
  8. Chan RJ, Cooper B, Koczwara B, Chan A, Tan CJ, Gordon L, Paul SM, Dunn LB, Conley YP, Kober KM, Abrams G, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Characteristics associated with inter-individual variability in financial distress in patients with breast cancer prior to and for 12 months following surgery. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Sep 03.  View on PubMed
  9. Ogle T, Alexander K, Yates P, Paul SM, Kober KM, Conley YP, Schumacher M, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Occurrence and perceived effectiveness of activities used to decrease chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms in the feet. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2021 Sep 02; 54:102025.  View on PubMed
  10. Bawua LK, Miaskowski C, Hu X, Rodway GW, Pelter MM. A review of the literature on the accuracy, strengths, and limitations of visual, thoracic impedance, and electrocardiographic methods used to measure respiratory rate in hospitalized patients. Ann Noninvasive Electrocardiol. 2021 Sep; 26(5):e12885.  View on PubMed
  11. Oppegaard K, Harris CS, Shin J, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Chan A, Anguera JA, Levine J, Conley Y, Hammer M, Miaskowski CA, Chan RJ, Kober KM. Cancer-related cognitive impairment is associated with perturbations in inflammatory pathways. Cytokine. 2021 Aug 10; 148:155653.  View on PubMed
  12. Chan RJ, Cooper B, Gordon L, Hart N, Tan CJ, Koczwara B, Kober KM, Chan A, Conley YP, Paul SM, Miaskowski C. Distinct employment interference profiles in patients with breast cancer prior to and for 12 months following surgery. BMC Cancer. 2021 Aug 02; 21(1):883.  View on PubMed
  13. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Harris CS, Shin J, Oppegaard K, Conley YP, Hammer M, Kober KM, Levine JD. Determination of Cutpoints for Symptom Burden in Oncology Patients Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 Jul 29.  View on PubMed
  14. Maguire R, McCann L, Kotronoulas G, Kearney N, Ream E, Armes J, Patiraki E, Furlong E, Fox P, Gaiger A, McCrone P, Berg G, Miaskowski C, Cardone A, Orr D, Flowerday A, Katsaragakis S, Darley A, Lubowitzki S, Harris J, Skene S, Miller M, Moore M, Lewis L, DeSouza N, Donnan PT. Real time remote symptom monitoring during chemotherapy for cancer: European multicentre randomised controlled trial (eSMART). BMJ. 2021 07 21; 374:n1647.  View on PubMed
  15. Shin J, Harris C, Oppegaard K, Kober KM, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Hammer M, Conley Y, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Worst Pain Severity Profiles of Oncology Patients Are Associated With Significant Stress and Multiple Co-Occurring Symptoms. J Pain. 2021 Jul 21.  View on PubMed
  16. Morse L, Kober KM, Viele C, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer M, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Subgroups of patients undergoing chemotherapy with distinct cognitive fatigue and evening physical fatigue profiles. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Jul 04.  View on PubMed
  17. Pozzar RA, Hammer MJ, Cooper BA, Kober KM, Chen LM, Paul SM, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Symptom Clusters in Patients With Gynecologic Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2021 07 01; 48(4):441-452.  View on PubMed
  18. Lin Y, Bailey DE, Docherty SL, Porter LS, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Distinct Sleep Disturbance Profiles in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancers Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2021 Jun 28.  View on PubMed
  19. Torstveit AH, Løyland B, Grov EK, Guren M, Paul SM, Ritchie C, Vistad I, Miaskowski C, Utne I. Distinctions Between Self-Report and Performance-Based Measures of Physical Function in Older Patients Prior to Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2021 Jun 28.  View on PubMed
  20. Singh KP, Kober KM, Ernst B, Sachdev J, Brewer M, Zhu Q, Gu H, Melisko M, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Hammer M, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Multiple Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea in Patients With Breast Cancer. Cancer Nurs. 2021 Jun 28.  View on PubMed

Go to UCSF Profiles, powered by CTSI