Karis Kin‐Fong Cheng, RN, PhD, FHKAN

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Level 2, Clinical Research Centre, Block MD11
10 Medical Drive 117597


Dr. Karis Cheng is a Professor of the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. She is an Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Hull in United Kingdom. She has been active in various academic and professional associations and international organizations in the capacity of board of director and committee chair/member. Her research interests include symptom epidemiology and management, and supportive/transitional cancer care, and instrument development and validation.

Research Interest

Her research interests include: Supportive cancer care, symptom epidemiology and management, cancer survivorship, pediatric and geriatric‐oncology, Chronic disease management, Instrument development and validation, and advanced psychometric analysis, Structural equation modeling.

Scientific Activities


• 2000 Thomas HC Cheung Scholarship for Postgraduate Student, HK Association of University Women
• 1999 Wong Fung Ling Scholarship, United College, CUHK
• 1997 Kwok Ching Tung Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK
• 1997 The Bank of East Asia Prize, United College, CUHK
• 1993 Children Cancer Foundation Scholarship


Selected Publications

1. Cheng KKF, Leung SF, Thompson DR, et al. A new measure of health‐related quality of life for patients with oropharyngeal mucositis (OMQoL):development and preliminary psychometric evaluation. Cancer. 2007; 109(12): 2590‐2599.
2. Cheng KKF, Lee DTF. Symptom clusters and their effect on the functional status and quality of life of elderly patients with cancer. Critical Reviews in Oncology & Hematology. 2011; 78: 127‐137.
3. Cheng KKF, Chang AM, Yuen MP. Prevention of chemotherapy‐induced oral mucositis in pediatric patients: a randomized crossover trial comparing two protocols of oral care. European Journal of Cancer. 2004; 20: 1208‐1216.
4. Chan CWH, Choi KC, Chien WT, et al. Health‐related quality‐of‐life and psychological distress of young adult survivors of childhood cancer in Hong Kong. Psycho‐Oncology. 2014; 23: 229‐236. doi: 10.1002/pon.3396
5. Cheng KKF, Lee V, Li CH, et al. Incidence and risk factors of oral mucositis in paediatric and Adolescent patients undergoing chemotherapy. Oral Oncology. 2011; 47: 153‐162. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2010.11.019
6. Cheng KKF, Goggins WB, Lee VWS, Thompson DR. Risk factors for oral mucositis in children undergoing chemotherapy: A matched case‐control study. Oral Oncology. 2008; 44: 1019‐1025. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2008.01.003
7. Cheng KKF, Wong EMC, Ling WM, Chan CWH, Thompson DR. Measuring the symptom experience of Chinese cancer patients: A validation of the Chinese Version of the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 2009; 37(1): 44‐57. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2007.12.019
8. So WKW, Choi KC, Chan DNS, et al. Colorectal cancer testing and associated factors among older Chinese adults. Preventive Medicine. 2011; 54(1): 104‐105. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.09.012
9. Cheng KKF. Oral mucositis: a phenomenological study of pediatric patients and their parents perspectives and experiences. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2009; 17: 829‐837. doi: 10.1007/s00520-009-0618-2
10. Saunders DP, Epstein JB, Elad S, et al. Systematic review of antimicrobials, mucosal coating agents, anesthetics, and analgesics for the management of oral mucositis in cancer patients . Supportive Care in Cancer. 2013; 21: 3191‐3207. doi: 10.1007/s00520-013-1871-y