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) Multimodal behandling av kakeksi hos kreftpasienter. Bestpractice Onkologi/Hematologi. vol. 36.
- (2018) Cancer patients' knowledge about their disease and treatment before, during and after treatment: a prospective, longitudinal study. BMC Cancer. vol. 18:381.
- (2018) Patients with advanced cancer and depression report a significantly higher symptom burden than non-depressed patients. Palliative & Supportive Care.
- (2018) Which factors can aid clinicians to identify a risk of pain during the following month in patients with bone metastases? A longitudinal analyses. Supportive Care in Cancer.
- (2018) Sleep quality with WHO Step III opioid use for cancer pain. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
- (2018) Usability testing of EirV3-a computer-based tool for patient-reported outcome measures in cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer.
- (2018) Development and course of chronic pain over 4 years in the general population: The HUNT pain study. European Journal of Pain. vol. 22 (9).
- (2018) The EORTC CAT Core?The computer adaptive version of the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire. European Journal of Cancer. vol. 100.
- (2018) Resilience for family carers of advanced cancer patients-how can health care providers contribute? A qualitative interview study with carers. Palliative Medicine. vol. 32.
- (2018) Cancer cachexia: Rationale for the MENAC (Multimodal - Exercise, Nutrition and Anti-inflammatory medication for Cachexia) trial. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
- (2018) Radiotherapy for prostate cancer ? Does daily image guidance with tighter margins improve patient reported outcomes compared to weekly orthogonal verified irradiation? Results from a randomized controlled trial. Radiotherapy and Oncology. vol. 126 (2).
- (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 and Symptom Management. vol. 54 (6).
- (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) 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. vol. 29 (1).
- (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).