COVID19 – From SAMHSA: Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak 

The Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program provides this website to help you and your loved ones understand your disease and some of the health care options available to you.
Knowledge empowers you to ask the necessary questions to become your own best advocate.

The Caring Ambassadors Hepatitis C Program uses a unique approach in our work to address the elimination of viral hepatitis and specifically hepatitis C.
We are honored to serve the community to help eliminate the largest infectious disease outbreak of our time

MY CHOICES© is a tool to help you recognize and act upon what you can control in your health care journey to achieve optimal healing, regardless of the illness you face. It contains elements of a guide book, health planner, journal, and activity book to help orient you to and plan for the journey ahead.

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The time is now. 71 million people worldwide are living with chronic Hepatitis C right now. It is the largest chronic infectious disease outbreak of our time…and it’s curable. Talk to your doctor about treatment for your Hepatitis C, and don’t take no for an answer

The BIGG ELIMINATION TRIBUTE PROJECT is a FREE, online, self-paced 7-module series has been developed to help establish replicable frameworks for HCV prevention & education using harm reduction strategies. 

Weekly News Update.
Caring Ambassadors Program provides 3 weekly news updates covering Lung Cancer News, Hepatitis C News, and My Choices© Update. Receive them delivered weekly to your inbox.

My Choices© Update
Week Ending July 6, 2020

What makes arteries age? Study explores new link to gut bacteria, diet
“A compound produced in the gut when we eat red meat damages our arteries and may play a key role in boosting risk of heart disease as we get older, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research.”

What Is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?
“Your immune system is complex — a combination of cells, chemicals and organs work together to ward off invaders that could wreak havoc on your system.”

No, Asparagus Does Not Cure Cancer
“Asparagus holds a place in the pantheon of dubious foods to which many people have attributed fantastical therapeutic properties, transforming grocery store staples into simple and natural answers to major medical problems.”

Shake Off Stress with These 3 Breathing Techniques
“It’s no surprise that Americans are under a lot of stress. A relentless torrent of COVID-19 information — and misinformation — along with endless pandemic memes, political rants, and complicated dance challenges on social media can have that effect.”

Sitting all day? Chiropractors share tips to avoid back and neck pain
“Is working from home a literal pain the neck? Many of us have spent long hours hunched over impromptu workstations on beds, coffee tables and kitchen islands since the onset of the pandemic. With elevated stress levels, fewer opportunities for movement and upended routines, working from home can be a recipe for back and neck pain.”

Use of National Consumer Survey Data to Explore Perceptions of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
“The primary study objective was to explore individuals’ perspectives of CAM. A secondary objective was to describe individuals’ perceptions of pharmacists’ roles in facilitating their use of these services and products.”

In Fight Against COVID-19, Physical Activity Falls Off a Cliff
“Fitness tracker data from around the world illustrated how each country’s response to COVID-19 affected physical activity among residents.”

Brain Health Benefits of Yoga Practice
“Despite being an exercise performed for many centuries in Eastern cultures, yoga has become increasingly popular over the past few decades among the Western population and alongside it, an exponential increase in research. People are drawn to the practice due to its multitude of mental and physical benefits, which include relaxation, muscle stretching, and an increased feeling of mindfulness.”

4 Mental Exercises to Keep Your Brain Sharp
“NO MATTER HOW HARD WE try to slow or stop its movement, time marches inevitably on. As it does, our bodies and their abilities change, too. For some people that means certain changes that can alter how we interact with and perceive the world around us.”

Fact check: Benefits derived from putting essential oils in belly button are questionable
“The claim: There are health benefits to putting different oils in your belly button.”

Hepatitis C News
Week Ending July 6, 2020

Study Findings No Associations Between HCV and Genitourinary Cancers
“Results from a case control study, published as a letter to the editor of Seminars in Oncology, did not support an association between chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and common genitourinary (GU) cancers.”

Feeling better is the new normal after hep C treatment
“I was diagnosed with hep C in 1990. A routine blood test found that I had an abnormal liver function and another test found I had been exposed to hep C.”

Hepatitis C Infection and the Increasing Incidence of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Population-Based Study
“A significant increase in the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been reported in the United States. The risk factors underlying this increase remain unclear.”

Cost-effective tools to reduce the spread of the hepatitis C virus in people who inject drugs
“There are an estimated 71 million people worldwide living with the blood borne virus (BBV) hepatitis C.  Most new infections in the UK and other developed countries are amongst people who inject drugs. Therefore, initiatives to reduce the spread of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in this population are needed.”

Hepatitis C–Infected Livers Can Be Safely Transplanted
“People without hep C can receive a hep C–positive liver and then clear the virus through treatment.”

Eradication of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Improves Survival of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients with Active HCV Infection – A Real-World Cohort Study
“Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has become less and less due to the use of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs). Although it may be common to assume that eradication of the virus should improve the survival of HCC patients, large-scale randomized clinical data to support the correlation between viral load and prognosis are still lacking in China. The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of antiviral therapy for HCC patients with active HCV infection.”

WEBINAR
Webinar: (Part 1 of 2) Hepatitis C Prevention with Young People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending July 6, 2020

Oxford leads a new national AI research programme to improve lung cancer screening.
“An Oxford-led artificial intelligence (AI) research programme is being implemented across 10 NHS sites in England, hoping to improve the diagnosis of lung cancer and other thoracic diseases.”

Smoking Cessation At Any Stage Is Beneficial: Here’s HowSmoking is linked with a higher risk of several diseases.
“Quitting might seem difficult but is it important to ditch those cigarettes to control the risk of potential diseases.”

New Roswell Park tool can help diagnose lung cancer in earlier stages
“Specialists at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center have a new device that can help them more accurately diagnose lung cancer in earlier stages.”

Phase 2 CITYSCAPE Trial Shows Promise for Tiragolumab in NSCLC
“According to data presented at the 2020 ASCO Virtual Scientific Program, patients with chemotherapy-naïve, locally advanced, or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who were treated in the phase 2 CITYSCAPE trial with tiragolumab plus an anti-PD-L1 agent demonstrated better efficacy versus single-agent checkpoint inhibitor therapy alone.”

Study Supports Using Comprehensive ctDNA Testing in Patients with NSCLC
“A large-scale assessment of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) found that comprehensive ctDNA analysis detected the presence of therapeutically targetable driver and resistance mutations at frequencies and distributions predicted for this population.”

VIDEO
Lung cancer survivor encourages people to stay safe and active during pandemic
“TULSA, Okla. — A tennis ball-sized, cancerous tumor on the left upper lung and a nickel-sized, cancerous tumor on the right lower lung — that was Carla Prothro’s diagnosis in 2018.”