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
- (2017) Cancer cachexia ̶ prevalence and patient-perceived need of health care attention. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. vol. 8.
- (2016) ESPEN guidelines on nutrition in cancer patients. Clinical Nutrition.
- (2016) Comparison of site of death, health care utilization, and hospital expenditures for patients dying With cancer in 7 developed countries. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). vol. 315 (3).
- (2016) The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System: Poor performance as a screener for major depression in patients with incurable cancer. Palliative Medicine : A Multiprofessional Journal. vol. 30 (6).
- (2016) Who experiences higher and increasing breathlessness in advanced cancer? The longitudinal EPCCS Study. Supportive Care in Cancer. vol. 24 (9).
- (2016) Tumour size reduction after the first chemotherapy-course and outcomes of chemoradiotherapy in limited disease small-cell lung cancer. Lung Cancer. vol. 102.
- (2016) Comorbidity and outcomes of concurrent chemo- and radiotherapy in limited disease small cell lung cancer. Acta Oncologica. vol. 55 (11).
- (2016) Characteristics of the case mix, organization and delivery in cancer palliative care: a challenge for good-quality research. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
- (2016) Characteristics of breakthrough cancer pain and its influence on quality of life in an international cohort of patients with cancer. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. vol. 6 (3).
- (2016) Referral criteria for outpatient specialty palliative cancer care: an international consensus. The Lancet Oncology. vol. 17 (12).
- (2016) Depressive symptoms in the last days of life of patients with cancer: A nationwide retrospective mortality study. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. vol. 6 (2).
- (2016) New genetic signatures associated with cancer cachexia as defined by low skeletal muscle index and weight loss. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle.
- (2016) PhD and Master education – an update. Palliative Medicine : A Multiprofessional Journal. vol. 30 (6).
- (2016) Does chemotherapy improve health-related quality of life in advanced pancreatic cancer? A systematic review. Critical reviews in oncology/hematology. vol. 99.
- (2016) Identification of the predictors of cognitive impairment in patients with cancer in palliative care: a prospective longitudinal analysis. Supportive Care in Cancer. vol. 25 (3).
- (2016) Genetic variation and cognitive dysfunction in opioid-treated patients with cancer. Brain and Behavior. vol. 6 (7).
- (2016) Quality of life in patients with advanced cancer: Differential association with performance status and systemic inflammatory response. Journal of Clinical Oncology. vol. 34 (23).
- (2016) Evaluation of Physical Function Outcomes Related to Change in Muscle Mass in Patients with Cancer Cachexia. Palliative Medicine : A Multiprofessional Journal.
- (2016) From "breakthrough" to "episodic" Cancer Pain? A European Association for Palliative Care Research Network Expert Delphi Survey Toward a Common Terminology and Classification of Transient Cancer Pain Exacerbations. Journal of Pain Symptom and Management. vol. 51 (6).
- (2016) Development of an item bank for computerized adaptive test (CAT) measurement of pain. Quality of Life Research. vol. 25 (1).