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
- (2018) Patients with advanced cancer and depression report a significantly higher symptom burden than non-depressed patients. Palliative & Supportive Care.
- (2017) ESPEN guidelines on nutrition in cancer patients. Clinical Nutrition. vol. 36 (1).
- (2017) Depression-A Major Contributor to Poor Quality of Life in Patients With Advanced Cancer. Journal of Pain Symptom and Management. vol. 54.
- (2017) A multicenter study of attitudinal barriers to cancer pain management. Supportive Care in Cancer.
- (2017) Automatic referral to standardize palliative care access: an international Delphi survey. Supportive Care in Cancer. vol. 26 (1).
- (2017) Correction to: Norwegian reference values for the Short-Form Health Survey 36: development over time. Quality of Life Research.
- (2017) Norwegian reference values for the Short-Form Health Survey 36: development over time. Quality of Life Research.
- (2017) New genetic signatures associated with cancer cachexia as defined by low skeletal muscle index and weight loss. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. vol. 8 (1).
- (2017) European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) position paper on supportive and palliative care. Annals of Oncology.
- (2017) Integraton between oncology and palliatve care: A plan for the next decade?. Tumori (Milano). vol. 103 (1).
- (2017) Measurement of health-related quality of life during chemotherapy -the importance of timing. Acta Oncologica. vol. 56 (5).
- (2017) A pilot study of electronic vs. paper-and-pencil completion of PROMs in cancer care. European Journal of Palliative Care.
- (2017) Development of EirV3 - a computer-based tool for patient reported outcome measures in cancer. JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics.
- (2017) 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).
- (2017) A systematic review on the role of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other supplements for the treatment of cachexia in cancer: a European Palliative Care Research Centre cachexia project. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. vol. 8 (1).
- (2017) Changes in medication use in a cohort of patients with advanced cancer: The international multicentre prospective European Palliative Care Cancer Symptom study. Palliative Medicine : A Multiprofessional Journal.
- (2017) The relationship between pro-inflammatory cytokines and pain, appetite and fatigue in patients with advanced cancer. PLoS ONE. vol. 12 (5).
- (2017) Cancer cachexia associates with a systemic autophagy-inducing activity mimicked by cancer cell-derived IL-6 trans-signaling. Scientific Reports. vol. 7 (1).
- (2017) COMBAT study - Computer based assessment and treatment - A clinical trial evaluating impact of a computerized clinical decision support tool on pain in cancer patients. Scandinavian Journal of Pain. vol. 17.
- (2017) Feasibility and preliminary effects of resistance training and nutritional supplements during versus after radiotherapy in patients with head and neck cancer: A pilot randomized trial. Cancer. vol. 123 (22).