Background and activities

Clinical dietian and reseracher in the Research group for cancer and palliative care,

Department of clinical and molecular medicine, NTNU. 



  • Clinical Dietitian from the University of Oslo, 2004
  • Basic course in University teaching (100 hours), Institute for Educational Research, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo, 2009
  • PhD, University of Oslo, 2010


Research Interest:

  • Cancer cachexia: treatment, classification and biomarkers
  • Malnutrition and nutritional therapy for cancer patients
  • Validation of methods for assessment of nutritional status and food intake in cancer patients


Research projects:

  • MENAC study: Multimodal treatment of cancer cachexia
  • CAX-24: development of quality of life form for cancer cachexia
  • Paraenteral nutrition in patients with incurable cancer (PATNIC study) 
  • Cancer Patients' understanding and use of PG-SGA (CASOL study)


Teaching and supervising:

  • Leader of the PhD programme in Palliative Care (2015-2017), and coordinator of a PhD course in palliative care research
  • Teaching at various palliative care courses arranged by the Regional advisory unit for palliative care, Mid-Norway, and at the master programme in Pain and Palliative Care, NTNU
  • Supervision of master students, medical students and students at the Nordic Specialist Course in Palliative Medicine

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Bye, Asta; Balstad, Trude Rakel. (2016) Ernæring - generelle prinsipper. Palliasjon. Nordisk lærebok. 3. utgave.


  • Sande, Rikka Frøyen; Thoresen, Lene; Løhre, Erik Torbjørn; Nygard, Astrid Signe; Paulsen, Ørnulf; Ottestad, Inger; Solheim, Tora Skeidsvoll; Balstad, Trude Rakel. (2019) Parenteral nutrition therapy in patients with incurable cancer: A retrospective medical chart review of current practice. 41st ESPEN Congress on Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism . The European Society of Clinical nutrition and Metabolism; Krakow. 2019-08-31 - 2019-09-03.
  • Sand, Kari; Solheim, Tora Skeidsvoll; Thoresen, Lene; Helgås, Ragnhild Green; Løhre, Erik Torbjørn; Balstad, Trude Rakel. (2018) Health care providers’ experiences of positive and negative effects of parenteral nutrition therapy in cancer patients. ESMO 2018 Congress . European Society for Medical Oncology; München. 2018-10-19 - 2018-10-23.
  • Knudsen, Anne Kari; Balstad, Trude Rakel; Haugen, Dagny Faksvåg; Caraceni, Augusto T.; Gjeilo, Kari Hanne; Borchgrevink, Petter Chr.; Kaasa, Stein. (2016) PhD and Master education – an update. 9th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care . European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC); Dublin. 2016-06-09 - 2016-06-11.
  • Kaasa, Stein; Balstad, Trude Rakel. (2015) Effect of palliative cancer care on malnutrition and cachexia. Cachexia and nutrition in advanced cancer patients: A multidisciplinary approach . European School of Oncology; Barcelona. 2015-03-13 - 2105-03-14.
  • Kaasa, Stein; Solheim, Tora Skeidsvoll; Laird, Barry J; Balstad, Trude Rakel; Stene, Guro Birgitte; Bye, Asta; Fallon, Marie T.; Fayers, Peter; Fearon, Kenneth C.. (2015) A randomised, open-label trial of a Multimodal Intervention (Exercise, Nutrition and Anti-inflammatory Medication) plus standard care versus standard care alone to precent / attenuate cachexia in advanced cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting . American Society of Clinical Oncology; Chricago. 2015-05-29 - 2015-06-02.