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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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We are extremely concerned about new guidance that will allow health insurers and Pharmacy Benefit Managers to exclude cost-sharing assistance programs from patients’ annual limitations on cost-sharing.

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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 November 30, 2020

Can Eating Chocolate Make You Smarter? Flavanols May Boost Brain Health (Study); Other Foods You Can Have
“Brain Health: Foods rich in flavanols had a positive effect on brain vascular function and cognitive performance in young healthy adults, as seen during the research.”

How to meditate: A guide for beginners
“The stress of 2020 has led to skyrocketing rates of anxiety and depression among Americans this year (no surprise there). While some things are out of our control, there is something we can do to help ease the tension we feel inside: learn how to meditate.”

Healthy Eating Comes First
“Employers tended to design physical wellness programs around exercise. They offer discounted gym memberships, steps programs and other fitness-focused activities with the goal of helping employees lose weight, achieve better health, and lower their employer healthcare costs.”

Here’s how much exercise you should get a week, even during a pandemic, WHO says in new guidelines
“Even during a pandemic, everyone needs to be physically active, limit the amount of time they spend sitting and take every chance they can to get moving – even if it’s just a little, the World Health Organization said.”

Ayurvedic Diet Tips To Combat Air Pollution: 5 Foods To Boost Lung Health
“The polluted air that we inhale comprises ozone, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, diesel exhaust particles etc., which are harmful for our lungs.”

Acupuncture for Arthritis
“Some people may find relief when they use acupuncture for arthritis. Acupuncturists use this traditional form of Chinese medicine to help control the flow of qi (energy) in the body.”

Vegetarian or Vegan? Watch Your Bone Health
“Vegetarian diets are generally considered healthy, but new research suggests they may have a significant risk: an increased chance of bone fractures.”

Balneotherapy for Fibromyalgia Pain
“Balneotherapy involves therapeutic baths to treat a wide variety of illnesses. It’s been practiced for thousands of years and has a growing body of research confirming its benefits for fibromyalgia (FM), along with several kinds of arthritis, some skin conditions, and a multitude of other diseases.”

Hepatitis C News
Week Ending November 30, 2020

Cirrhosis cases rising among women in North America
“Cirrhosis disease burden in women has increased substantially since 2000, according to a study presented at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, held virtually from Nov. 13 to 16.”

Impact of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic on Ambulatory Hepatitis C Testing
“Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has led to unprecedented modifications to healthcare delivery in the U.S. To preserve resources in preparation for a COVID-19 surge, Boston Medical Center (BMC) implemented workflows to decrease ambulatory in-person visits effective March 16th, 2020. Telemedicine was incorporated into clinical workflows and much preventive care, including Hepatitis C (HCV) testing, was not routinely performed.”

Mavyret Effective and Safe for Latinos With Hepatitis C
“Mavyret (glecaprevir/pibrentasvir) is similarly effective for treating Latinos as well as other groups with hepatitis C, according to findings presented this month at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience.”

8 Ways to Fight Hepatitis C
“Hepatitis C is not a death sentence and you are NOT helpless. There are eight ways you can help your body fight hepatitis C right now to make a difference in your liver health.”

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending November 30, 2020

Lung cancer nonprofit and VA partnership
Will help save Veterans’ lives
“In June, VA announced a partnership with the nonprofit GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer to increase awareness about lung cancer screening options and improve outcomes for Veterans impacted by the disease.”

New Technology for Lung Cancer Detection at Samaritan Medical Center
“Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown says lung cancer rates in the North Country are 50% higher than the New York State average.”

Lung Cancer Among Asian Americans: ‘It’s Okay To Ask’
“Chef Ming Tsai discusses wife Polly’s diagnosis.
When Chef Ming Tsai’s wife Polly was diagnosed in 2018 with Stage 4 lung cancer, she had one message to her husband and two boys. “We got this.”

Dothan man battling lung cancer wants to be a blessing to others
“Mark Freeman wakes up every morning about 5 o’clock and goes for a walk around his neighborhood.”

Testing Early & Often Recommended for Patients With Lung Cancer
“Alexander Spira, MD, PhD, a medical oncologist and director of the Virginia Cancer Specialists Research Institute and the Phase 1 Trial Program, shares an important message with community oncologists regarding the treatment of patients with lung cancer.”

Women More Likely to Survive Lung Cancer After Surgery: Study
“FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Women have higher survival rates after lung cancer surgery than men, according to a new study.”

Immunotherapy Leads the Way in Lung Cancer, but Creates Complex Treatment Decisions
“Whether to recommend single-agent immunotherapy, dual immunotherapy, or combination chemotherapy has become the focus of frontline treatment discussions in advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), explained Joshua Reuss, MD, who added that PD-L1 status, the longevity of the data, and durability of benefit are among the primary elements of treatment selection.”

‘I never smoked’: Changing the lung cancer conversation
“Dwight Daigneault was healthy, physically active and at the gym five days a week when he was diagnosed.”

Video:
PGA golfer Jason Day shares personal story of mother’s battle with lung cancer
“FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — PGA star Jason Day was the world’s number-one ranked golfer in 2015. It was the same year his mother, Dening, was diagnosed with cancer.”

Two women find friendship battling lung cancer together
“SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and doctors say lung cancer causes more cancer deaths than any other cancer in Utah. But it was that very disease that brought two women from different worlds together for life.”

Qigong.

“Qigong is quite literally “Moving Meditation”. As with all meditation practices, Qigong has an incredibly calming effect on the central nervous system. As the mind, breath, and body are connected to the moment, the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged and the brain releases all sorts of feel-good hormones, such as serotonin and dopamine.”
https://theecohub.ca/5-healing-benefits-of-qigong/

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