Our Programs

CARING AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

The Caring Ambassadors Program supports individuals in gaining control of their health care, regardless of the illness they face. Remember, this is your JOURNEY; these are your CHOICES. Healing is possible; how you achieve it is up to you.

LUNG CANCER PROGRAM

The Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program Empowers patients and providers with access to free educational materials, and resources; Educates communities about the importance of screening and to share current information with patients and their families; and Advocates for access to screening and treatment for lung cancer for all communities.

HEPATITIS C PROGRAM

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

Outreach in Action

Caring Ambassadors Program sponsored the Health Pavilion at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland for 12 years. We provided free hepatitis C testing to over 3500 people in those years, identified 197 people living with the virus, and educated hundreds of thousands.

What we do

A Few of Our Services

My Choices: A Planer for Healing

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.

Lung Cancer Choices© 6th Edition

New Release December 26, 2023!

Lung Cancer Choices© has been updated to reflect the latest in biomarker testing, clinical trials, and lung cancer therapy including immunotherapy, and targeted therapy, for Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) and Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Caring Ambassadors is proud to have Lung Cancer Choices included in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Patient Resources

What Drives Us

Our Mission

To improve the lives of patients and communities by empowering and educating them to be advocates for their own health.

Weekly News Update

My Choices© Update

Week Ending February 26, 2024

Understanding and Reducing Your Cancer Risk: Insights from Dr. Jon Ebbert
“February marks National Cancer Prevention Month, a time when we turn our collective focus towards the prevention strategies that can help us reduce the risk of cancer. A leading voice in this discussion is Dr. Jon Ebbert, the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. Dr. Ebbert’s extensive research and expertise shed light on the significant role that lifestyle choices, including tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and maintaining a healthy weight, play in influencing cancer risk.”

A quarter of smokers quit within a year or two of menthol bans, researchers find
“Menthol cigarette bans are effective at getting people to quit smoking, new research finds. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said that a menthol ban is a “top priority,” but public health advocates have accused the Biden administration of dragging its feet, and the ban has gotten caught up in election-year politics despite research showing clear health benefits.”

Is Housing Health Care? State Medicaid Programs Increasingly Say ‘Yes’
“States are plowing billions of dollars into a high-stakes health care experiment that’s exploding around the country: using scarce public health insurance money to provide housing for the poorest and sickest Americans.”

The Atlantic Diet: Why Eating Local, Whole Foods May Improve Your Health
“This trendy diet may help stave off chronic disease, but it’s one of many eating patterns that prioritize whole foods and richness.”

Physical activity improves stress load, recovery, and academic performance-related parameters among university students: a longitudinal study on daily level
“Physical activity has been proven to be beneficial for physical and psychological health as well as for academic achievement. However, especially university students are insufficiently physically active because of difficulties in time management regarding study, work, and social demands. As they are at a crucial life stage, it is of interest how physical activity affects university students’ stress load and recovery as well as their academic performance.”

Sleep, Exercise, and Avoiding Cigarettes are Key to Reducing IBS Risk
“Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is linked to a decreased risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These habits include not smoking, vigorous physical activity, and getting enough quality sleep. Experts said that not smoking may reduce inflammation, exercise can regulate bowel movements and sleep can boost immune function – all of which contribute to a healthy gut and minimizing IBS symptoms. To treat IBS, avoid spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol. Also, exercise regularly, don’t smoke and practice good sleep hygiene.”

Mindfulness at work protects against stress and burnout
“A new study has revealed that employees who are more mindful in the digital workplace are better protected against stress, anxiety and overload. Researchers from the University of Nottingham’s Schools of Psychology and Medicine analysed survey data from 142 employees. The results have been published today in PLOS ONE.”

Hepatitis C News Update

Week Ending February 26, 2024

Hepatitis C virus antibody seropositivity is associated with albuminuria but not peripheral artery disease in patients with type 2 diabetes
“In conclusion, severely increased albuminuria, but not the ABI, showed a significant association with HCV Ab seropositivity in patients aged ≥ 50 years with type 2 DM.”

Providers May Be Overlooking Average-Risk Patients for HCV Screening
“Although the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends universal hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening for all individuals 18-79 years of age, findings from a recent study suggest providers may still be basing their recommendations on patient risk factors and overlooking screening in patients perceived to be at average-risk of infection.”

NAFLD, Viral Hepatitis Among Liver Diseases Associated With Risk of Incident Cataract
“Liver diseases and their comorbid conditions extend well beyond the liver – extrahepatic manifestations often present as a result of the metabolic alterations and immune-mediated inflammation associated with liver disease, although findings from a recent study are providing novel insight into the association between hepatic and ophthalmic diseases.”

Eliminating Hepatitis C
“What we understand about viruses has changed immensely over my 35 years as a nurse. I was taught that we couldn’t cure viruses because they change too rapidly—think of the flu—and the best we could do was immunize against some of them. During the course of my career, we have done so much better than that, and this gives me hope and excitement for the future.”

Overreporting of adherence to hepatitis C direct-acting antiviral therapy and sustained virologic response among people who inject drugs in the HERO study
“Self-reported adherence to direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) among persons who inject drugs (PWID) is often an overreport of objectively measured adherence. The association of such overreporting with sustained virologic response (SVR) is understudied. This study among PWID aimed to determine a threshold of overreporting adherence that optimally predicts lower SVR rates, and to explore correlates of the optimal overreporting threshold.”

Lung Transplant With HCV-Viremic Organ Does Not Increase Rejection, Allograft Dysfunction
“Findings from a recent single-center study are highlighting the feasibility and success of using hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive donor organs for lung transplantation, showing no increase in acute or chronic lung allograft rejection compared to HCV-negative donor organs.”

Lung Cancer News

Week Ending February 26, 2024

How thawing Arctic permafrost could cause lung cancer
“Among the cataclysmic effects of global warming, not many of us have considered a potential rise in cancer cases. And yet, thawing permafrost in the Arctic could provoke just that. The layer, which keeps the ground frozen in the polar region all year round, traps in a variety of gases, preventing them from being emitted into the atmosphere.”

Innovative ‘Trojan Horse’ Method Developed to Target Lung Cancer More Effectively
“Researchers have developed a groundbreaking ‘Trojan horse’ approach to target lung cancer cells with precision. This innovative method shows promise in reducing tumor size and improving patient outcomes. Despite challenges, this approach offers hope in the fight against lung cancer.”

City of Hope launches life-saving mobile cancer unit that brings screenings to your doorstep
“LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Getting regular screenings are key to catching cancer early, but many people put off going to the doctor. Now, City of Hope is launching its first mobile cancer screening unit with the aim of saving lives. It’s as big as those giant trucks you see on the highway, but inside, there’s life-saving cargo designed to deliver leading-edge cancer screening right to your doorstep.”

Pharmacy Focus: Oncology Edition- Latest Updates in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment
“ Key Takeaways
Pharmacists play an important role in chemotherapy management for NSCLC patients, but insurance coverage can be a barrier.
Osimertinib in combination with chemotherapy received FDA approval for locally advanced or metastatic EGFR-mutated NSCLC and showed improved progression-free survival.
Datopotamab deruxtecan received FDA approval for previously treated locally advanced or metastatic non-squamous NSCLC.
A phase 3 trial of sacituzumab govitecan failed to meet its primary endpoint of improved overall survival in metastatic NSCLC, though some benefit was seen in squamous and non-squamous subgroups.”

Guiding Lung Cancer Treatment During Pregnancy
“Lung cancer is on the rise in young people, particularly those who are assigned female at birth (AFAB). As a result, there is an increase in the number of people who are pregnant and have lung cancer. Florez has become known for her care of pregnant lung cancer patients and has begun a quest to determine the best approach to their treatment.”

Rural ground wells increase risk of higher radon levels, study finds
“’The air around the groundwater well itself is acting as a sort of superhighway,’ Calgary study author says”

A dynamic nomogram predicting symptomatic pneumonia in patients with lung cancer receiving thoracic radiation
“The most common and potentially fatal side effect of thoracic radiation therapy is radiation pneumonitis (RP). Due to the lack of effective treatments, predicting radiation pneumonitis is crucial. This study aimed to develop a dynamic nomogram to accurately predict symptomatic pneumonitis (RP ≥ 2) following thoracic radiotherapy for lung cancer patients.”

How chronic stress spreads cancer
“Stress is inevitable. But too much of it can be terrible for our health. Chronic stress can increase our risk for heart disease and strokes. It may also help cancer spread. How this works has remained a mystery—a challenge for cancer care.”

More Tools

Stories of Hope

Living with Lung Cancer

We hear from people JUST LIKE YOU about their lung cancer journey. During this challenging time, we want to inspire HOPE.

Share Your Journey

Find peace, finding hope. The chapter of your journey has yet to be written – find your voice and capture what is important.

Living with Hepatitis C

We raise awareness of hepatitis C by empowering those who are most impacted to share their stories.

OUR SYMBOL

All aspects of wellness are inextricably intertwined. Explore the loops of the Integrative Health Ribbon to discover how integrative approaches can enhance your well-being and help you heal, no matter your diagnosis.

Remember, this is your JOURNEY; these are your CHOICES. Healing is possible; how you achieve it is up to you.

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