Our 2011 Accomplishments

It’s been another fantastic year at the Pine Street Foundation…we’ve published peer-reviewed research, presented papers at conferences, received lots of media coverage in the national press, hosted community health screenings, and made huge strides with all our other ongoing research projects.

Published Research: Complementary & Alternative Medicine For Lung & Colon Cancer
For patients with lung and colon cancer, does adding complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapy to standard treatment extend survival? We analyzed more than 10 years of follow-up data from the Pine Street Clinic for patients who used CAM therapy and compared their outcomes to a control group. In two papers published this autumn in Integrative Cancer Therapies, one of the most important peer-reviewed journals in this field, we found that patients who took an integrative approach had significantly better longevity than those patients who only had standard treatment. Click here for more.

Continuing Research: Can Dogs Detect Ovarian Cancer?
Is there meaningful information contained within the breath that could lead to the early detection of ovarian cancer? In collaboration with Baylor University and the University of California at San Francisco, we are using dogs to find biomarkers in the exhaled breath of women with ovarian cancer that could lead to earlier detection – and better treatment outcomes – for women diagnosed with this disease.

We’ve made great progress on this study this past year and, in preliminary analysis of our data, have seen that training dogs to detect ovarian cancer is highly feasible and efficient, similar to what was seen in our 2006 paper on patients with lung and breast cancers.

To complete this study, we just need to recruit eight more women who are either newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer but have not yet begun treatment, or have been previously treated and now have a rising CA-125 but have not yet resumed treatment. Click here to see if you or someone you know is eligible to participate.

As The Year Draws To A Close…
Whether you’ve known us since 1989 or have only recently discovered our work, it is important to note that the Pine Street Foundation is one of the most efficient and cost-ef- fective research organizations of its kind in the country. And since the vast majority of all our funding comes from individual donors like you, your financial support truly helps us advance the field of integrative medicine and benefits those in need of better treatments. Click here to make a secure donation now.

As you consider your year-end charitable giving, please keep the Pine Street Foundation in mind. We really appreciate it!

Best wishes,

Pine Street Foundation


2011 PUBLICATIONS (PEER REVIEWED)
1.      McCulloch MF, Broffman M, van der Laan M, Hubbard A, Kushi L, Kramer A, Gao J, Colford JM: Lung Cancer Survival With Herbal Medicine & Vitamins In A Whole-Systems Approach: 10-Year Follow-Up Data Analyzed With Marginal Structural Models and Propensity Score Methods. 2011. [Epub ahead of print, PMID 21964510] Integrative Cancer Therapies.
2.      McCulloch MF, Broffman M, van der Laan M, Hubbard A, Kushi L, Abrams DI, Gao J, Colford JM: Colon Cancer Survival With Herbal Medicine & Vitamins In A Whole-Systems Approach: 10-Year Follow-Up Data Analyzed With Marginal Structural Models And Propensity Score Methods. 2011. Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print, PMID 21964510] Integrative Cancer Therapies.
3.      See, CJ, McCulloch MF, Smikle C, & Gao J. (2011). “Chinese herbal medicine and clomiphene citrate for anovulation: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 17(5): 397-405.

LECTURES/TEACHING
2011     Novel Statistical Approaches to Evaluating Whole Systems Therapies: The Case of Lung and Colon Cancer Survival
2011     Project-Based Learning: Research in Chinese Medicine, A Course for 3rd year students on how to read, and conduct research. American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. San Francisco, CA. (Presented in two consecutive semesters)

REVIEWER FOR THE FOLLOWING JOURNALS & COMPETITIONS
European Respiratory Journal: 2011
Integrative Cancer Therapies: 2011

EDUCATION
We held two free health screenings for members of our community in Marin County, California. Click here to learn more about these events.