University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF
Sharon A. Lamb Endowed Chair, Physiological Nursing, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

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.

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
  • 2020
    Ada Sue Hinshaw Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR)

Selected Publications

  1. Wilcoxon A, Kober KM, Viele C, Topp K, Smoot B, Abrams G, Chesney M, Paul SM, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Association Between Physical Activity Levels and Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Severity in Cancer Survivors. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2020 Nov 01; 47(6):703-719.
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  2. Kwong YD, Mehta K, Miaskowski C, Zhuo H, Yee K, Jauregui A, Ke S, Deiss T, Abbott J, Kangelaris KN, Sinha P, Hendrickson CM, Gomez A, Leligdowicz A, Matthay MA, Calfee CS, Liu KD. Using Best Subsets Regression to Identify Clinical Characteristics and Biomarkers Associated with Sepsis-Associated Acute Kidney Injury. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2020 Oct 12.
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  3. Ng MSN, Wong CL, Choi KC, Hui YH, Ho EHS, Miaskowski C, So WKW. Mixed Methods Study of Symptom Experience in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease. Nurs Res. 2020 Sep 24.
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  4. Wong ML, Gao J, Thanarajasingam G, Sloan JA, Dueck AC, Novotny PJ, Jatoi A, Hurria A, Walter LC, Miaskowski C, Cohen HJ, Wood WA, Feliciano JL, Stinchcombe TE, Wang X. Expanding Beyond Maximum Grade: Chemotherapy Toxicity over Time by Age and Performance Status in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in CALGB 9730 (Alliance A151729). Oncologist. 2020 Sep 20.
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  5. Ritchie CS, Garrett SB, Thompson N, Miaskowski C. Unintended Consequences of Opioid Regulations in Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Gerontologist. 2020 Sep 15; 60(7):1343-1352.
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  6. Staurengo-Ferrari L, Green PG, Araldi D, Ferrari LF, Miaskowski C, Levine JD. Sexual dimorphism in the contribution of neuroendocrine stress axes to oxaliplatin-induced painful peripheral neuropathy. Pain. 2020 Sep 14.
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  7. Diaz R, Kober KM, Viele C, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Hammer M, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Distinct diarrhea profiles during outpatient chemotherapy. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Sep 12.
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  8. Chan R, Cooper B, Paul S, Conley Y, Kober K, Koczwara B, Chan A, Tan CJ, Gordon L, Thomy L, Levine J, Miaskowski C. Distinct financial distress profiles in patients with breast cancer prior to and for 12 months following surgery. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2020 Sep 10.
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  9. Moy S, Kober KM, Viele C, Paul SM, Hammer M, Melisko M, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Level of Exercise Influences the Severity of Fatigue, Energy Levels, and Sleep Disturbance in Oncology Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2020 Sep 04.
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  10. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Snowberg K, Abbott M, Borno H, Chang S, Chen LM, Cohen B, Hammer MJ, Kenfield SA, Kober KM, Levine JD, Pozzar R, Rhoads KF, Van Blarigan EL, Van Loon K. Stress and Symptom Burden in Oncology Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Nov; 60(5):e25-e34.
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  11. Miaskowski C, Blyth F, Nicosia F, Haan M, Keefe F, Smith A, Ritchie C. A Biopsychosocial Model of Chronic Pain for Older Adults. Pain Med. 2020 09 01; 21(9):1793-1805.
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  12. Oppegaard KR, Dunn LB, Kober KM, Mackin L, Hammer MJ, Conley YP, Levine J, Miaskowski C. Gender Differences in the Use of Engagement and Disengagement Coping Strategies in Patients With Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2020 Sep 01; 47(5):586-594.
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  13. Atallah M, Cooper B, Muñoz RF, Paul SM, Anguera J, Levine JD, Hammer M, Wright F, Chen LM, Melisko M, Conley YP, Miaskowski C, Dunn LB. Psychological Symptoms and Stress Are Associated With Decrements in Attentional Function in Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2020 Sep/Oct; 43(5):402-410.
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  14. Elkin E, Viele C, Schumacher K, Boberg M, Cunningham M, Liu L, Miaskowski C. A COVID-19 screening tool for oncology telephone triage. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Aug 28.
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  15. Hammer MJ, Eckardt P, Cartwright F, Miaskowski C. Prescribed Walking for Glycemic Control and Symptom Management in Patients without Diabetes Undergoing Chemotherapy. Nurs Res. 2020 Aug 24.
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  16. Singh K, Cao H, Miaskowski C, Conley YP, Hammer M, Wright F, Levine JD, Kober KM. Perturbations in Endocytotic and Apoptotic Pathways Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea. Biol Res Nurs. 2020 Aug 20; 1099800420951271.
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  17. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Snowberg K, Abbott M, Borno H, Chang S, Chen LM, Cohen B, Cooper BA, Hammer MJ, Kenfield SA, Laffan A, Levine JD, Pozzar R, Tsai KK, Van Blarigan EL, Van Loon K. Oncology patients' perceptions of and experiences with COVID-19. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Aug 18.
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  18. Utne I, Cooper BA, Ritchie C, Wong M, Dunn LB, Loyland B, Grov EK, Hammer MJ, Paul SM, Levine JD, Conley YP, Kober KM, Miaskowski C. Co-occurrence of decrements in physical and cognitive function is common in older oncology patients receiving chemotherapy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2020 Oct; 48:101823.
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  19. Jakovljevic K, Kober KM, Block A, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Cartwright F, Conley YP, Wright F, Dunn LB, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Higher Levels of Stress Are Associated With a Significant Symptom Burden in Oncology Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Jul 25.
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  20. Chou YJ, Kober KM, Kuo CH, Yeh KH, Kuo TC, Tseng YJ, Miaskowski C, Liang JT, Shun SC. A Pilot Study of Metabolomic Pathways Associated With Fatigue in Survivors of Colorectal Cancer. Biol Res Nurs. 2020 Jul 22; 1099800420942586.
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