Avenues

Avenues 31/32 - Autumn/WInter 2010

Avenues – Autumn/Winter 2010

In this issue of Avenues, we tackle the important question of sleep. Are you getting enough?

2010 Accomplishments

2010 has been a productive year for the Pine Street Foundation. We’ve published peer-reviewed research, presented papers at conferences, received lots of media coverage in the national press, and reached thousands of patients and doctors through our newsletter, Avenues.

From the Board (Avenues 31/32 – Autumn/Winter 2010)

2010 has been a productive year for the Pine Street Foundation. We’ve published peer-reviewed research, presented papers at conferences, received lots of media coverage in the national press, and reached thousands of patients and doctors through our newsletter, Avenues.


Avenues 29/30 - Spring/Summer 2010

Avenues – Spring/Summer 2010

In our last issue of Avenues for 2009, we turn our focus to H1N1, commonly referred to as “Swine Flu.”

Vitamin D3: A Review of the Evidence for its Role in Human Health

Vitamin D is crucial to our well-being. In this article, we discuss the history of its discovery, how we get it, and the evidence for its clinical effectiveness.

From the Board (Avenues 29/30 – Spring/Summer 2010)

Welcome to the spring/summer 2010 issue of Avenues, our quarterly newsletter.


Swine Flu Vaccination, Treatment, and Prevention: A Common Sense Discussion and Review of the Evidence

There are few public health issues in the news right now that are more prominent than H1N1, the so-called “Swine Flu.” In a comprehensive review, we discuss how this flu is different from seasonal flu, whether or not it’s really a major concern, the different approaches to preventing and treating it, and how to decide if getting vaccinated is right for you.

From the Board (Avenues 27/28 – Autumn/Winter 2009)

Welcome to the autumn/winter 2009 issue of Avenues, our quarterly newsletter.

Avenues – Autumn/Winter 2009

In our last issue of Avenues for 2009, we turn our focus to H1N1, commonly referred to as “Swine Flu.”


From the Board (Avenues 26 – Summer 2009)

Welcome to the summer 2009 issue of Avenues, our quarterly newsletter.

Avenues – Summer 2009

In our Summer 2009 newsletter, we offer advice for critically evaluating medical research and also give an update on our canine scent detection of ovarian cancer research.

Avenues – Spring 2009

In our Spring 2009 newsletter, we address the question of combining antioxidants with chemotherapy in the treatment of lymphoma and also give an update on our canine scent detection of ovarian cancer research.


Colon Cancer, Chemotherapy, & Antioxidants

Although not commonly addressed in clinical consultation, scientific evidence suggests that combining certain chemotherapy treatments with specific antioxidants at defined dosages can improve drug effectiveness or may reduce side effect severity in the treatment of colon cancer.

Lung Cancer, Chemotherapy, & Antioxidants

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests combining specific chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer with certain antioxidants at defined dosages can help improve drug effectiveness or reduce the severity of side effects. In this evidence-based review article, Johanna Altgelt, an associate researcher at the Pine Street Foundation, searched through thousands of peer-reviewed, published studies and discusses how antioxidants may enhance or, in some cases, inhibit the therapeutic action of specific chemotherapy drugs used in the treatment of lung cancer.

Breast Cancer: Advances in Diagnosis & Treatment

There has been significant progress in the diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer this past year. In this article, guest author Gwendolyn Stritter, MD, discusses some of the latest research and observes how there is increasingly “more information about which herbs, supplements, and other alternative/complementary approaches can minimize treatment side effects and possibly even reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence.”


Breast Cancer, Chemotherapy, & Antioxidants

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests combining certain chemotherapy treatments with certain antioxidants at specific dosages can help improve drug effectiveness or reduce the severity of side effects. In this evidence-based review article, we searched through thousands of peer-reviewed, published studies and discuss how antioxidants may enhance or, in some cases, inhibit the therapeutic action of specific chemotherapy drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer.

Antioxidants & Chemotherapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer: The Latest Research on Specific Interactions

While it is true that there are some antioxidants that can hinder chemotherapy’s effects, recent research suggests that there are some antioxidants that, when combined with chemotherapy, can increase the effectiveness of treatment by upwards of 30%. In this article, we seek to provide some clarity on this topic by providing useful guidelines that patients and health care providers can use to make better, more informed treatment decisions. Although this article specifically focuses on advanced metastatic prostate cancer, future articles will focus on the use of antioxidants and chemotherapy in the treatment of other cancers.

Your Mind & Cancer Treatment: The Latest Research on Chemotherapy-related Cognitive Decline

In 2005, we addressed the issue of chemotherapy-related cognitive decline, sometimes called “chemo brain” or “chemo fog.” Since then, there have been some important new studies that provide more evidence of this problem, which we discuss and summarize in this new article.


Making the Best of a Hospital Experience

When a visit to a hospital is necessary, knowing what to expect, who to contact, and how to ask questions can be immensely beneficial. In this article, author Sandra Boeschen writes how “with a little preparation, an inpatient or outpatient visit can be the healing event you need.”

Talking to Your Children About Your Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

This article discusses how to talk to children about cancer diagnosis and treatment. The author, Michael Haas, MA, MFT, writes how “explaining cancer to a child is difficult and requires thoughtfulness, compassion, and some understanding of how children of different ages deal with trauma.”

Sexual Health & Cancer Treatment: Understanding the Problem and Finding Solutions

In this article, we discuss the impact cancer treatment can have on sexual functioning. By addressing this important topic, it is our hope that this article will facilitate a constructive discussion between patients and their partners and health care providers.


Your Mind and Cancer Treatment: Understanding and Addressing Cognitive Decline

Often called “chemobrain,” patients going through various cancer treatments can sometimes experience cognitive dysfunction, such as slowed thinking, memory problems, and poor coordination. In the first of two new articles in our Becoming Your Own Advocate series, we address the issue of cognitive dysfunction by discussing its causes and offering various solutions that can help prevent or minimize its effects.

Information That Could Save Your Life

Guest contributor Marie Savard, MD, wants “each of us to take medical matters literally into our own hands” by compiling and maintaining a complete set of our own medical records. In the second new article in our Becoming Your Own Advocate series, Dr. Savard describes why a complete set of records is important and offers tips for how to go about finding and requesting copies.

Integrative Cancer Pain Management

The article addresses the issue of cancer pain management. Gwendolyn Stritter, MD, a pain specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area, outlines her approach to successful pain management and discusses the benefits of an integrative strategy that combines both pharmacological and non-pharmacological technique


How to Sleep Well: Understanding the Importance of Rest and Optimal Health

While the exact reasons for why we need sleep are still unknown, what is clear is that chronic poor sleep can have serious health consequences. There is growing evidence to suggest that there is a deeper, more reciprocal relationship between sleep and immune function than previously thought.

Patient Assistance Plans: Pharmaceutical Companies Helping Patients Get Their Medicines

There is help available for many people who can’t afford their medicines. These programs, frequently called patient assistance programs (PAPs), are designed to help those in need obtain their medicines at no cost or very low cost.

How to Tell Your Physician You’re Using Complementary & Alternative Medicine: Why It’s Important For Them to be Informed

In this article, we discuss the issue of letting your physician know about your use of complementary and alternative medicines, why it’s important for them to be informed, and how to communicate this to them effectively.


How to Communicate Effectively with Your Doctor: Working Toward Informed and Shared Decision Making

In this article, we present suggestions to help enhance preparation for medical consultations and offer some specific questions to ask your doctor. We also include findings from recent research that may help dispel common myths about the clinical encounter and the ways in which doctors and patients truly interact.

How to Evaluate a Clinical Study: Guidelines to Help Understand Published Research

Science is a work in progress. Every day, promising studies are released and new treatments are approved. But how can you evaluate whether the information you’re reading is relevant to your own health or to that of a patient, friend, or family member?