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.

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

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.

The Choices Bundle

A trilogy of books with comprehensive lung cancer information, a guide for caregivers, and a healing planner to empower people anywhere in their journey. Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program is pleased to announce that we have received support from our corporate partners to offer free printed copies of our books (while supplies last)

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.

Get involved – become an advocate!

Advocates are vital component in the fight against any disease. The efforts and voices of many people are needed to make strides for those whose lives are affected by any challenging health conditions. There are many different levels of involvement. Get Involved with Caring Ambassadors today.

Weekly News Update

My Choices© Update
Week Ending May 23, 2022

Exactly How Does Zinc Help the Immune System? Experts Explain
“Immunity is a complex process that relies on various nutrients—chief among them being zinc. Research shows that zinc plays a role in multiple aspects of your immune system.* But how, exactly, does zinc support your immunity and how do you know if you’re getting enough? Let’s dive in.”

Exercise, Diet, and Weight Management During Cancer Treatment: ASCO Guideline
“A systematic review of the literature identified systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials evaluating the impact of aerobic and resistance exercise, specific diets and foods, and intentional weight loss and avoidance of weight gain in adults during cancer treatment, on quality of life, treatment toxicity, and cancer control.”

Virtual workouts spiked during the pandemic — and the trend is sticking around
“At the height of the pandemic, when going to the gym wasn’t an option, millions of people began exploring virtual workouts from home for the first time. And many of them now say they won’t go back.”

How timing your meals right can benefit your health
“Eating well doesn’t necessarily just mean concentrating on the right diet – the time you eat (or don’t) can also make a big difference to your wellbeing”

How To Embrace Longevity Nutrition, Based On A Comprehensive Study
“Sometimes a truly awesome compilation of scientific evidence in the field of nutrition is systematically examined by researchers, and as a nutrition scientist and dietitian, it makes me want to shake the author’s hands and personally thank them.”

Cancer-Related Fatigue Outcome Measures in Integrative Oncology: Evidence for Practice and Research Recommendations
“Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is one of the most common symptoms across the cancer continuum and is often underreported and undertreated. Defined as a distressing, persistent, subjective sense of tiredness or exhaustion related to cancer or its treatment, CRF includes physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual dimensions.”

How diet and gut bacteria may point to new treatments for depression
“Worldwide, some 280 million people, or 5% of the adult population, have depression. The World Health Organization has called it a “leading cause of disability worldwide.” The currently available treatments such as antidepressants and behavioral therapies are effective for many people but are not suitable or available to all.”

Hepatitis C News
Week Ending May 23, 2022

Hepatitis Awareness Month: Help Your Patients Live(r) Longer
“May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, recognizing a disease that can be both acute or chronic as well as infectious and non-infectious. Hepatitis can have a widespread impact on the health and pharmaceutical needs of patients. It also carries a stigma that may make patients hesitant to seek treatment or disclose their condition.”

The Opioid Epidemic and Hepatitis C Infections: What’s the Connection?
“Hepatitis C (hep C) is a liver disorder caused by the bloodborne hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hep C can go undetected for years or even decades and may silently damage your liver, leading to serious health consequences.”

Can You Pass On Hep C to Your Kids?
“Hepatitis C, or hep C, is a type of viral infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus (aka, HCV). While some cases heal on their own, more than half of hep C cases can become chronic.”

Department of Health announces hepatitis C elimination plan
“During Hepatitis Awareness Month, the Rhode Island Department of Health is raising awareness about hepatitis and encouraging all Rhode Island adults to get tested for hepatitis C at least once.”

Hepatitis C Is Making a Comeback
“In the United States, hepatitis C seemed like one those diseases that might be hailed as a success story. Transfusions with unscreened blood products were a major source of infections before a test for the virus that causes the disease started being used in the 1990s. Afterward, infections from transfusions in the United States stopped occurring.”

8 Steps to Take Before Starting Hepatitis C Treatment
“Hepatitis C (hep C) is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). If you were recently diagnosed with hep C, there are several ways you can contribute to the success of your treatment.”

CDC to investigate whether adenovirus is ‘incidental’ in children with mysterious hepatitis
“Health officials will investigate whether the incidence of adenovirus in many children who are part of a mysterious hepatitis outbreak is “incidental,” the U.S. Center for Disease Control said Friday.”

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending May 23, 2022

Role of Molecular Biology, Evolving Immunotherapy Addressed in Lung Cancer Conference
”At the upcoming 23rd Annual International Lung Cancer Congress®, Solange Peters, MD, PhD will be giving two presentation around relevant biomarkers in perioperative immunotherapy and the role of treatment agent sequencing in ALK-rearranged non–small cell lung cancer.”

Imaging Approach Helps To Detect Lung Cancer Earlier
“Researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania  have found a way to identify lung cancer at the cellular level in real time during a biopsy, offering promise in the ability to detect the disease earlier and with more confidence.”

Medicaid expansion linked to survival gain, reduced disparities among patients with cancer
“The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act correlated with an increase in 2-year OS rates among patients newly diagnosed with cancer, according to study results published in JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”

Study shows 1 in 5 former smokers may be overlooked for cessation counseling
“A new UC Davis study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows some people may be overlooked for tobacco cessation counseling,  putting them at risk for lung cancer. The study attributes the finding to the way health care providers are asking some people about their current tobacco use.”

Oritinib Shows Promise in EGFR T790M+ NSCLC
“The third generation EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) oritinib (SH-1028) demonstrated almost complete disease control in previously treated patients with EGFR T790M–mutant, locally advanced or metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).”

Follow-Up Often Delayed After High-Risk Findings on Lung Cancer Screening
FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) — “Nearly half of lung cancer screening exams with high-risk Lung-RADS findings result in delays in care, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2022 International Conference, held from May 13 to 18 in San Francisco.”

Lung cancer funding needed
“On behalf of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, my late father, and my patients, I ask that you join me in urging Congress to support $60 million for the lung cancer research program within the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program in the latest Defense Department appropriations bill.”

Blood-based biomarker can predict the benefit of immunotherapy to lung cancer patients
“A blood-based tumor biomarker can predict the benefit of immunotherapy to patients with non-small cell lung cancer, according to a study published in Nature Medicine.”

Heiden to receive award from cancer research group
“Brendan Heiden, MD, a surgical resident and cardiothoracic surgery research fellow at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will receive the Harborside Endowed Merit Award from Conquer Cancer, the foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).”

Unecritinib Shows Efficacy as ROS1-Directed Therapy in NSCLC
“Unecritinib (TTQ-B3101) monotherapy showed promising efficacy in the first line for patients with ROS1-positive non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Shun Lu, MD, PhD, a professor at Shanghai Chest Hospital at Jiao Tong University and chief of Shanghai Lung Cancer Center in China, presented the findings at the European Lung Cancer Congress 2022.”

More Tools

Hep C Discussion Point™

A tool designed by medical experts that takes you through a series of questions about your hepatitis C experience. The program generates a customized list of topics you can print out and use as a guide in talking with your doctor about your hepatitis C health care.

Health Equity

Health equity means ensuring that everyone has the chance to be as healthy as possible. However, factors outside of a person’s control, such as discrimination and lack of resources, can prevent them from achieving their best health.

Lung Cancer PubMed Literature Review

PubMed literature review of the most relevant research on Lung Cancer

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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