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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Hepatitis C News
Week Ending October 14, 2019

Hepatitis C virus infection rates up for women giving birth
‘Among women giving birth, the rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection increased more than 400 percent from 2000 to 2015, with rates much higher among those with opioid use disorder, according to research published in the Oct. 4 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.’

Higher Virologic Response to DAAs in HCV, HBV Coinfection vs Monoinfection
‘Direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents for treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) may have higher sustained virologic responses in people coinfected with HCV and hepatitis B virus (HBV), according to a results of a study presented at IDWeek 2019, held October 2 to October 6 in Washington, DC.’

Where to Treat Uncomplicated HCV? Assessing the Impact of Shifting Care From Specialists to PCPs
‘Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remains a common cause of chronic liver disease worldwide, with a global prevalence of 1%.1 Despite the advent of highly effective antiviral regimens, the health burden of HCV remains substantial, with approximately 20,000 attributable deaths annually in the United States alone.2 The World Health Organization has thus proposed an HCV containment target of an 80% decrease in incidence by 2030.’

Early Treatment for HCV Infection Provides Benefits Beyond Liver Disease
‘Early treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection may provide many benefits in the prevention of various HCV complications beyond liver disease, according to a longitudinal cohort study published in the Journal of Hepatology.’

Integrated HCV care in HIV centers reaches more PWID than usual care
‘Results from a real-world study of implementing hepatitis C testing into integrated care centers that deliver HIV services to people who inject drugs demonstrated superior infection awareness, testing and treatment compared with usual care.’

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending October 14, 2019

Clinical Missteps Obscuring a Lung Cancer Diagnosis
“Missed or delayed cancer diagnoses comprise nearly 38% of malpractice claims involving serious harm, a recent study found, adding to a growing body of evidence that such misdiagnoses are far from outliers.1

Timing of Palliative Care Linked to Better Lung Cancer Survival
“Patients with advanced lung cancer who received palliative care earlier lived longer than those who did not receive palliative care, according to the results of a study of patients at the Veterans Affairs health care system.”

Lung cancer screening guidelines do not detect disease among first responders
“National lung cancer screening guidelines are inadequate to diagnose patients who contract lung cancer from occupational exposure, including first responders, according to a study reported today at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer’s North America Conference on Lung Cancer in Chicago.”

‘Perspective Is Everything’: Lung Cancer Survivor Among Sunday’s Run The Rocks Participants
“Run the Rocks raised $108,825.23 for the American Lung Association in Colorado Sunday morning.”

Researchers find e-cigarettes cause lung cancer in mice in first study tying vaping to cancer
“E-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice, damaging their DNA and leading researchers at New York University to conclude that vaping is likely “very harmful” to humans as well.”

Patients With Lung Cancer May Benefit From Liquid Biopsy to Identify ALK Mutation
“A blood test may help to identify the best treatment option for patients with ALK-positive, advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to results from the BFAST trial.”

Prognostic Usefulness Of Advanced Lung Cancer Inflammation Index In Locally-Advanced Pancreatic Carcinoma Patients Treated With Radical Chemoradiotherapy
“Previously advanced lung cancer inflammation index (ALI) has been demonstrated to have prognostic utility in the stratification of patients into distinctive survival groups, but the prognostic value of ALI has never been explored in the setting of locally advanced pancreatic carcinomas (LAPC) treated with concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT).”

TB vaccine for newborns can prevent lung cancer, says study
“A life-saving vaccine given to newborns against tuberculosis can also prevent lung cancer, a new study has revealed.”

Lung Cancer Therapy Makes Major Advances

My Choices© Update
Week Ending October 14, 2019

Integrative Medicine Is Achieving What Psychiatry Can’t–Here’s How
“There’s a fundamental problem that integrative medicine is solving.”

Adjusting My Diet for Health Benefits While Avoiding a Guilty Mindset
“In last week’s column, I wrote about the challenges of making time for rest. This week, I want to address another significant lifestyle adjustment I’ve made since my diagnosis: my diet.”

Fight cancer with food and healthy habits
“October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I am shedding some light on ways we may be able to control our risk in getting cancer.”

A Guide to Holistic Nursing
“Holistic practices and religion have always been intertwined. For centuries, people that have believed in God — regardless of what God it was that they believed in — have also embraced a holistic approach to life, especially when it comes to their health and well-being. Now, it seems like the rest of society has started to understand the benefits of this approach to healthcare.”

The Problem With Suggesting Exercise For Depression
“Terri Cheney, a 59-year-old writer from Beverly Hills, has lived with bipolar disorder for the majority of her life. When a wave of depression hits ― a hallmark symptom of the mental health condition ― she says she feels as if she’s got a bad case of the flu.”

Is Therapeutic Massage Right for Me?
“Massage can help treat symptoms of many illnesses and conditions, but not all treatments are created equal.”

What to know about boswellia
“Its anti-inflammatory effects mean that it may help with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma.”

Verum Acupuncture May Improve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“Verum acupuncture was found to be more effective than sham acupuncture in improving pain, sleep quality, and general status recovery, but not fatigue in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”