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.

MY CHOICES: A Planner for
Healing is now available
for download!

To receive our weekly news updates in your inbox, CLICK HERE

Week Ending May 20, 2019

Opioid epidemic sparks new health crisis – hepatitis C
Kentucky is a state hit hard by the opioid epidemic. “I was in New York for 10 years and I’ve never seen people inject this many times,” said Donald Davis of the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition. The use of IV drugs is now fueling another crisis – hepatitis C.

Project Aims to Eradicate Hepatitis C in Perry County
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2019) – Jennifer Havens, Ph.D., professor of behavioral science in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, faculty member in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research and member of the team awarded $87 million through the National Institutes of Health’s Healing

Predictive factors for not undergoing RNA testing in patients found to have hepatitis C serology and impact of an automatic alert
Researchers examined patients with positive hepatitis C virus (HCV) serology for predictive factors for not undergoing RNA testing and the effect of implementing an automated electronic alert with recommendations in clinical practice.

Local VA Medical Center part of crucial Hep C research
Murphy Christopher served in the Army from 1972 to 1975. During that time he contracted Hepatitis. “They isolated me for a few weeks. Then released me and sent me back to my unit overseas. Christopher is one of 528 veterans cured of Hepatitis C at the Reno VA Medical Center. That’s after the team there made 13,906 contacts beginning in 2014. No other VA facility in the country can come close to those numbers.

Walking and strength training may decrease the risk of dying from liver disease
Physical activity, including walking and muscle-strengthening activities, were associated with significantly reduced risk of cirrhosis-related death, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2019.

Risk for Liver Cancer Associated With HCV-Induced Epigenetic Changes
Epigenetic and gene expression alterations associated with risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have been identified in an analysis of liver tissue obtained from patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, both with and without a sustained virologic response (SVR) to direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy.

WHO Releases HCV Policy Brief for People Who Inject Drugs
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new policy brief detailing the current landscape of hepatitis C virus (HCV) care in people who inject drugs (PWID), as well as people in prison.

Week Ending May 20, 2019

Veracyte Unveils Next-Generation Percepta Genomic Sequencing Classifier for Improved Lung Cancer Diagnosis
Veracyte, Inc., a leading genomic diagnostics company, today announced new data demonstrating that its next-generation Percepta® Genomic Sequencing Classifier (GSC) provides expanded lung cancer risk information that can further guide next steps for patients with lung nodules.

Biocept Announces Clinical Validation and Commercial Launch of its Target Selector™ Multi-Gene Liquid Biopsy Panel for Lung Cancer
Biocept, Inc., a leading commercial provider of liquid biopsy tests designed to provide physicians with clinically actionable information to improve the outcomes of patients diagnosed with cancer, announces the commercial launch of Target Selector™ NGS Lung Panel, the Company’s multi-gene liquid biopsy panel specifically developed for lung cancer.

Spokane patient called medical pioneer after using new tool to fight cancer
SPOKANE, Wash. – The fuzzy bear head will make sense in a few minutes, but first, meet Jeanie Larsen, a Spokane woman who went to the doctor’s office because of a nasty case of bronchitis last fall.

How radiologists can use mammography to improve lung cancer screening utilization
Many women who undergo screening mammography are also eligible for lung cancer screening (LCS), according to a new study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Yet LCS utilization in the United States remains considerably low.

Paik Explains the Rationale for the Second-Line Standard for Patients With Squamous NSCLC
During a recent Targeted Oncology live case-based peer perspectives presentation, Paul K. Paik, MD, explained to a group of physicians the treatment considerations and decisions he makes when seeing a patient with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Highpoint Health Offers Life-Saving Lung Cancer Screenings
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Lung cancer is a deadly disease with the five-year survival rate for those diagnosed much lower than many other forms of cancer, including breast, colon and prostate.

Living Beyond Small Cell Lung Cancer
After elucidating their current status, Nancy and Dan MacMillan provide parting advice to patients and caregivers who encounter a diagnosis of small cell lung cancer.

Small Cell Lung Cancer: Finding Support & Information
Thinking of their journey through small cell lung cancer, Nancy and Dan MacMillan shed light on the support and information they found useful.

New mom diagnosed with lung cancer says she is ‘living proof’ V Foundation works
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) —  As CBS17 takes a closer look at the Victory Ride, we are telling the stories of how the V Foundation is touching lives right here in Raleigh.

Liquid Biopsies in Lung Cancer: Know the Basics
Liquid biopsies are becoming an integral part of the diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with lung cancer, explained Adijan Kuckovic, a graduate student researcher at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.

Woman with terminal lung cancer wants all schools tested for radon
GRANVILLE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — A Central Ohio woman now fighting the odds said she’s going to take the time she has left to fight for the safety of children. Annie Cacciato wants all Ohio schools to test for the cancer-causing gas radon.

Week Ending May 20, 2019

How to Recharge Your Mind and Body with Therapeutic Yoga
“Yoga is one of the most sought after and used forms of complementary medicine.”

5 reasons to embrace ayurveda
“Unlike modern medicine, traditional ayurvedic techniques look at human health and healing from the prism of lifestyle, habits and behaviour. Read on to know how it can help you manage certain conditions effectively without inflicting side effects.”

Are Onions and Garlic Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say
“Garlic and onions are staples for many home cooks. But do these plants actually add any health benefits to your dishes? Or are they purely for flavor?”

The wellness trap: Why women are turning to alternative treatments

“How a problem with medicine has led to the rise of the ‘wellness’ industry. It’s usually not the first place women turn.”

The Two Best Dietary Changes You Can Make To Boost Gut Health 
“Paleo, keto, vegetarian, vegan? These days, sorting out what we’re supposed to eat for optimal health can be incredibly confusing—with seemingly contradictory dietary approaches being touted as the end-all-be-all approach to wellness by different groups.”

How lifestyle changes can decrease risk of chronic inflammation
“Inflammation happens when our body is injured or infected. The body responds by attacking the problem to promote protection and healing. Acute inflammation is normal and healthy.”