The Caring Ambassadors supports individuals in gaining control of their health care, regardless of the illness they face.

We provide information, tools, and resources to help those with any chronic health condition not only manage their health care after a diagnosis, but improve their quality of life and capacity for healing. As an advocacy organization, we both fight for patient rights and work to build a new generation of patient and health care champions. Our disease specific programs for Hepatitis C and Lung Cancer have been helping people obtain the support, assistance, and information they need for over 20 years.

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Week Ending March 18, 2019

Improvement in hepatitis C virus patients with advanced, compensated liver disease after sustained virological response to direct acting antivirals
“The outcome of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) and advanced, compensated liver disease after sustained virological response (SVR) to direct‐acting antivirals (DAAs) has not yet been completely depicted. We aimed to assess the clinical, biochemical and instrumental outcome of patients with advanced, compensated chronic HCV‐related liver disease with DAA‐induced SVR to DAAs and who had at least 1‐year follow‐up.”

7% of patients coinfected with HCV and HIV fail DAA therapy
“An analysis of patients with HIV who were being treated for hepatitis C virus infection found that 7% failed direct-acting antiviral therapy, and that mental illness and ongoing illicit drug use often predicted failure, researchers reported.”

I Have Hepatitis C – Now What?
“While most of the estimated 3.5 million people in the U.S. infected with hepatitis C are baby boomers, the virus is spreading at a greater rate among young people, according for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Two Options for Checkpoint Inhibition in HCC


Week Ending March 18, 2019

Treatment Advancements in NSCLC Change Therapy Recommendations in 2019 NCCN Guidelines
“Due to an active research landscape, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have had 3 recent updates that include numerous clinically relevant recommendations.1

Ramucirumab/Erlotinib Combo Improves PFS in Frontline EGFR+ NSCLC
“The combination of ramucirumab (Cyramza) and erlotinib (Tarceva) significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) compared with placebo and erlotinib as a frontline treatment for patients with metastatic EGFR-mutant non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), meeting the primary endpoint of the RELAY trial (NCT02411448).1

Rizvi Highlights Impact of Immunotherapy and Next Steps NSCLC
“Immunotherapy has dramatically improved the outlook for select patients with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but its reach could extend even further when combined with other approaches, said Naiyer A. Rizvi, MD.”

New Developments in Neoadjuvant Therapy for Lung Cancer
“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and worldwide. While most patients present with advanced metastatic disease for which a cure is elusive, increased use of spiral CT screening has led to identification of more early-stage patients who can be treated.”

Blood Tumor Mutational Burden Could Identify Benefit from Checkpoint Inhibitors in NSCLC
“Blood tumor mutational burden – which measures the quantity of mutations found in a tumor – may be a potential biomarker in identifying which patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) could benefit from anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 therapy, according to results published in JAMA Oncology.”

Can exercise prevent lung cancer?
“Researchers undertook this prospective study to assess the associations between cardiorespiratory fitness and the incidence of lung cancer and lung cancer mortality in men.”

Study finds AI could reduce false positives in lung cancer screening
“A study by a research team in the US has found that artificial intelligence (AI) technology could substantially cut false positives while screening for lung cancer.”

Dr. Naidoo on Considerations for Managing irAEs in NSCLC

Choosing Therapy for Newly Diagnosed NonDriver NSCLC

Driver Mutations Trump PD-L1 Expression in Lung Adenocarcinoma

We Need To Be Catching Lung Cancer Early — Survivor Amanda Kouri Advocates For New Detection Methods

Week Ending March 18, 2019

Exercise seems to help alleviate depression, but not for everybody
“I hear it often: A friend swears that her running practice staves off bouts of low spirits. Another says going to the gym before work keeps him mentally steady.”

Study reveals how motivation affects nutrition and diet
“New research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests that people with a positive attitude are more likely to eat healthily.”

Nutrient-dense foods list
“Nutrient-dense foods are those that have a high nutrient content for the number of calories that they contain. By including nutrient-dense foods in their diet, people can increase the amount of nutrition that they get per calorie.”

Exercise vs. Drugs to Treat High Blood Pressure and Reduce Fat
“Exercise can lower blood pressure and reduce visceral body fat at least as effectively as many common prescription drugs, two new reviews report.”

Your Environment Is Cleaner. Your Immune System Has Never Been So Unprepared.
“A century ago, British scientists suggested a link between increased hygiene and allergic conditions — the first hint that our immune systems are becoming improperly “trained.”

Green tea cuts obesity, health risks in mice
“Mice fed a diet of 2% green tea extract fared far better than those that ate a diet without it, a finding that has prompted an upcoming study of green tea’s potential benefits in people at high risk of diabetes and heart disease. The benefits seen in the new study, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, appear to stem from improved gut health, including more beneficial microbes in the intestines of the mice and less permeability in the intestinal wall—a condition typically called “leaky gut” in humans.”

Dr. Andrew Weil Commits $15 million to UA Center for Integrative Medicine
“The University of Arizona’s integrative medicine center received a $15 million commitment Tuesday afternoon, and has a new name thanks to Andrew Weil, M.D.”

Best Diets for Preserving Brain Health Identified

“High adherence to a Mediterranean or to A Priori Diet Quality Score (APDQS) diet is associated with better cognitive skills in midlife, whereas adherence to the DASH diet, which is designed to lower blood pressure, is not.”

Mindfulness could be a key to recovering from substance abuse, USC experts say
“Initial studies with young adults show dramatic drops in stress, cravings, impulsivity and risk of relapse after practicing mindfulness.”

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