Background and activities
Stein Kaasa is Professor of Palliative Medicine at the Institute of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (NTNU). His responsibilities include the development of the core curriculum in palliative medicine and the development of the Nordic specialist postgraduate training curriculum in palliative medicine. Professor Kaasa’s main research interests are: basic research in assessment and classification of symptoms and subjective health; experimental and descriptive clinical studies in palliative medicine and cancer research; pain treatment including translational research on opioids and on cachexia.
Recently, the European Palliaitve Care Research Centre (PRC) was established in Trondheim, Norway; Stein Kaasa is the chair of this research intitative aiming at improving palliative patient care, including end of life care, through research of highest quality in an international setting. He is also chair of the European Association for Palliative Care Research Network (EAPC RN) and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) task force on cancer pain, and principal investigator of the European Palliative Care Research Collaborative (EPCRC). Stein Kaasa is National Cancer Director at the Norwegian Directorate for Health.
Professor Kaasa has published more than 300 articles and book chapters. He has authored the Nordic Textbook of Palliative Care and is co-author of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. Professor Kaasa advises many international journals – either as an advisory board member or as a reviewer (Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Palliative Medicine, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Pain, Lancet Oncology).
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2015) Characterization of patients receiving palliative chemo- and radiotherapy during end of life at a regional cancer center in Norway. Acta Oncologica. vol. 54 (3).
- (2015) Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care: A Systematic Review. The Oncologist. vol. 20 (1).
- (2015) Genetic and Non-genetic Factors Associated With Constipation in Cancer Patients Receiving Opioids. Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology.
- (2015) Depression in advanced cancer - Assessment challenges and associations with disease load. Journal of Affective Disorders. vol. 173.
- (2015) Changes in skeletal muscle mass during palliative chemotherapy in patients with advanced lung cancer. Acta Oncologica. vol. 54 (3).
- (2014) Early recognition of malnutrition and cachexia in the cancer patient: A position paper of a European School of Oncology Task Force. Annals of Oncology. vol. 25 (8).
- (2014) Multimodal nutrition/anabolic therapy for wasting conditions. Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care. vol. 17 (3).
- (2014) Dietary treatment of weight loss in patients with advanced cancer and cachexia: A systematic literature review. Critical reviews in oncology/hematology. vol. 91 (2).
- (2014) Genetic, pathological and physiological determinants of transdermal fentanyl pharmacokinetics in 620 cancer patients of the EPOS study. Pharmacogenetics and Genomics. vol. 24 (4).
- (2014) What Do Cancer Patients and Members of Ethical Review Boards in Norway Consider Important Elements of Informed Consent Documents?. AJOB Empirical Bioethics. vol. 5 (4).
- (2014) Feasibility and acceptance of electronic monitoring of symptoms and syndromes using a handheld computer in patients with advanced cancer in daily oncology practice. Supportive Care in Cancer. vol. 22 (9).
- (2014) Computer-Based Clinical Decision Support Systems and Patient-Reported Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Patient.
- (2014) Self-report measurement of pain & symptoms in palliative care patients: A comparison of verbal, visual and hand scoring methods in Sub-Saharan Africa. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. vol. 12 (1).
- (2014) Validation of the Consensus-Definition for Cancer Cachexia and evaluation of a classification model-a study based on data from an international multicentre project (EPCRC-CSA). Annals of Oncology. vol. 25 (8).
- (2014) Classification of neuropathic pain in cancer patients: A Delphi expert survey report and EAPC/IASP proposal of an algorithm for diagnostic criteria. Pain. vol. 155 (12).
- (2014) Comparisons of patient and physician assessment of pain-related domains in cancer pain classification: Results from a large international multicenter study. Journal of Pain. vol. 15 (1).
- (2014) Causes for hospitalizing patients at a university hospital cancer clinic. Journal of Clinical Oncology. vol. 32.
- (2014) Development and testing of a computerized pain body map in patients with advanced cancer. Journal of Pain Symptom and Management. vol. 47 (1).
- (2014) The use of antidepressants in patients with advanced cancer - results from an international multicentre study. Psycho-Oncology. vol. 23 (10).
- (2014) How Are the Patient Populations Characterized in Studies Investigating Depression in Advanced Cancer? Results From a Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Pain Symptom and Management. vol. 48 (4).