Constance Visovsky, PhD

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Constance Visovsky, PhD

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Education And Training
  • Research Fellow, Case Western Reserve University, 2005 - Translational Research Oncology Grant
  • PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 2002 - Nursing
  • MSN, University of Rochester, 1995 - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Oncology
  • BSN, University of Rochester, 1993 - Nursing


My research interest is in the neuromuscular effects of cancer treatment, specifically focused on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. I have completed an NCI-funded trial of resistance exercise as a means of preserving muscle strength during chemotherapy and a pilot study that formed the basis of my recent R01 submission using both aerobic and resistive exercise to ameliorate taxane-induced neuropathy. I am a certified acute care nurse practitioner with expertise in breast cancer, head and neck cancer and malignant melanoma. As a post-doctoral fellow, I studied cancer and exercise behavior with Dr. Kerry Courneya at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. I joined USF in January, 2011 in part due to my collaboration with Moffitt Cancer Center member, Dr. Cindy Tofthagen. I was an external reviewer for Dr. Tofthagen’s doctoral dissertation work, and served as a mentor to her in the development of her knowledge and skill in exercise and gait and balance training. We are currently collaborating on several manuscripts, and a pilot study of cancer symptoms experienced by patients in Panama, where we have an undergraduate student community health experience.

  • Smith EM, Campbell G, Tofthagen C, Kottschade L, Collins ML, Warton C, Ghosh B, Ronis DL, Mallory GA, Visovsky C. Nursing knowledge, practice patterns, and learning preferences regarding chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2014 Nov;41(6):669-679. Pubmedid: 25355022.
  • Tofthagen C, Gonzalez L, Visovsky C, Akers A. Self-management of oxaliplatin-related peripheral neuropathy in colorectal cancer survivors. Chemother Res Pract. 2013 Sep;2013:547932. Pubmedid: 24062949. Pmcid: PMC3766977.
  • Tofthagen C, McAllister RD, Visovsky C. Peripheral neuropathy caused by Paclitaxel and docetaxel: an evaluation and comparison of symptoms. J Adv Pract Oncol. 2013 Jul;4(4):204-215. Pubmedid: 25032002. Pmcid: PMC4093436.
  • Tofthagen C, Visovsky CM, Hopgood R. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Apr;17(2):138-144. Pubmedid: 23538249.
  • Beusterien K, Grinspan J, Tencer T, Brufsky A, Visovsky C. Patient preferences for chemotherapies used in breast cancer. Int J Womens Health. 2012 Oct;4:279-287. Pubmedid: 22870042. Pmcid: PMC3410702.
  • Tofthagen C, Visovsky C, Berry DL. Strength and balance training for adults with peripheral neuropathy and high risk of fall: current evidence and implications for future research. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2012 Sep;39(5):E416-E424. Pubmedid: 22940521.
  • Becher J, Visovsky C. Horizontal violence in nursing. Medsurg Nurs. 2012 July;21(4):210-3, 232. Pubmedid: 22966523.
  • Berger AM, Visovsky C, Hertzog M, Holtz S, Loberiza FR. Usual and worst symptom severity and interference with function in breast cancer survivors. J Support Oncol. 2012 May;10(3):112-118. Pubmedid: 22277573.
  • McChargue DE, Sankaranarayanan J, Visovsky CG, Matthews EE, Highland KB, Berger AM. Predictors of adherence to a behavioral therapy sleep intervention during breast cancer chemotherapy. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Feb;20(2):245-252. Pubmedid: 21174129.
  • Stark L, Tofthagen C, Visovsky C, McMillan SC. The Symptom Experience of Patients with Cancer. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2012 1;14(1):61-70. Pubmedid: 22639548.
  • Berger AM, Grem JL, Visovsky C, Marunda HA, Yurkovich JM. Fatigue and other variables during adjuvant chemotherapy for colon and rectal cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2010 Nov;37(6):E359-E369. Pubmedid: 21059569.
  • Cohen MZ, Ferrell BR, Vrabel M, Visovsky C, Schaefer B. What does it mean to be an oncology nurse? Reexamining the life cycle concepts. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2010 Sep;37(5):561-570. Pubmedid: 20797948.
  • Visovsky C, Meyer RR, Roller J, Poppas M. Evaluation and management of peripheral neuropathy in diabetic patients with cancer. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2008 Apr;12(2):243-247. Pubmedid: 18390460.
  • Visovsky C, Collins M, Abbott L, Aschenbrenner J, Hart C. Putting evidence into practice: evidence-based interventions for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2007 Dec;11(6):901-913. Pubmedid: 18063548.
  • Ingram C, Visovsky C. Exercise intervention to modify physiologic risk factors in cancer survivors. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2007 Nov;23(4):275-284. Pubmedid: 18022055.
  • Visovsky C. The effects of neuromuscular alterations in elders with cancer. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2006 Feb;22(1):36-42. Pubmedid: 16458181.
  • Visovsky CG. Peripheral nerve function and symptom distress during biotherapy for malignant melanoma. Can Oncol Nurs J. 2005;15(3):161-174. Pubmedid: 16261812.
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