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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.

Lung Cancer Choices

Lung Cancer Choices 5th Edition can be a useful tool for anyone who is caring for someone with lung cancer, but its primary focus is on the patient. Written by more than 20 experts in lung cancer. This book is suitable for both the newly diagnosed and those who have been living with lung cancer for some time. 

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 December 6, 2021

Nutrition protects against aging better than drugs
“A recent study by the University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre compared the impact of diets and drugs on the functioning of human cells and aging. The researchers found that nutrition has a significantly higher influence on our metabolic health.”

Get Up and Dance to the Music
“Are you feeling anxious? Stressed? Depressed? According to researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic Institute in China, you may be able to help yourself by following the lead of musicians Sly and the Family Stone and, more recently, will.i.am, who told us to “get up and dance to the music!”

A Thorough Guide To Holistic Treatment For Mental Health
“The thought of giving a speech in front of an audience makes you sick to your stomach. Do you choke back tears whenever you hear a kind remark from a close friend or family member? Surely you’ve experienced the agony of overthinking. A mind-body connection has the capacity to transform your life if you’ve had this experience. Thoughts, emotions, and physical health all have a role in one’s overall well-being, whether or not we are aware of it.”

Study confirms correlation between microbiome and glycemic response
“US scientists have shown for the first time that an individual’s gut microbiome activity will influence their glycemic response to foods.”

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
“Looking to add a little spice to your life — or your diet? Cayenne pepper may be just what the doctor ordered. This popular red pepper adds versatile flavor to your meals and is chock-full of health benefits to boot.”

Health benefits of cupping therapy
“Cupping therapy has been a key element of Chinese medicine for hundreds of years and has been seen in many other ancient cultures across the globe. It most recently came to the attention of a wider audience during the 2016 Olympics in Rio, when several athletes, like the swimmer Michael Phelps, were seen with a series of round purple bruises on their skin.”

Anti-inflammatory food superstars for every season
“Berries and watermelon in the summer, kale and beets in the winter. The recipe for anti-inflammatory foods to enjoy can change with the seasons. Your heart, your brain, and even your joints can benefit from a steady diet of these nutritious foods, and scientists think that their effects on inflammation may be one reason why.”

How 11 Minutes of Exercise Can Help You Live Longer
“It’s no secret that exercise is key to a healthier and longer life. As you have likely heard, federal guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week. Think: five days of 30-minute workouts like brisk walking, dancing or cycling. The guidelines also call for at least two sessions of strength training per week.”

Is It Normal To Wake Up Tired? We Asked A Sleep Specialist
“We all have those mornings once in a while when we’re just not as energized as we’d like to be. It happens to the best of us, but is it normal? To find out what’s really going on when you wake up tired, we spoke with Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., a board-certified sleep specialist. Here’s what he had to say.”

Hepatitis C News
Week Ending December 6, 2021

‘Origami’ diagnostic test could help hepatitis C treatment
“A new test for hepatitis C which uses origami-style folded paper to deliver fast, accurate and affordable diagnoses could help the global fight against the deadly virus.”

What to Know About Liver Disease and COVID-19
“If you’re living with liver disease during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have many questions about whether you are more susceptible to the disease, if it might be more severe, and how it might alter your current treatment.”

FDA Approves 3-Antigen Hepatitis B Vaccine
“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the recombinant (PreHevbrio) hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine for the prevention of infections caused by all the known subtypes of HBV in adults 18 years and older.”

Many young people with HCV remained untreated in 2019
“In 2019, only 32% of children and youth who had tested positive for hepatitis C in British Columbia, Canada, had initiated treatment, according to data presented at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience.”

California Mandates That Hepatitis B and C Screenings Must Be Offered
“A new law in California requires health care facilities to offer adult clients free screenings for hepatitis B and hepatitis C, both of which cause inflammation of the liver and can lead to cancer, the need for a liver transplant and death. The law also requires that care and treatment be provided for those who test positive.”

Rapid treatment model improves HCV care in injection drug users
“A simplified, rapid treatment model for hepatitis C virus improved cure rates and the cascade of care among young people who inject drugs, according to a recent study.”

New York City Opens First Supervised Injection Sites in U.S.
“On November 30, New York City won the years-long race to open the first government-sanctioned supervised injection facilities in the United States. During their first few days in operation, staff at the two new sites have already reversed several drug overdoses.”

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending December 6, 2021

Senate Passes Rubio, Smith Resolution to Recognize November as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month
“Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tina Smith (D-MN) applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of their resolution to designate November 2021 as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month (S.Res.462). The resolution promotes the importance of early detection of lung cancer to help save lives. It also recognizes the need for research to improve early diagnosis, screening and treatment.”

Roundtable Discussion: Konduri Looks at Testing and Treatment Options for Patients With RET- and ROS1-Positive Lung Cancer
“During a Targeted OncologyTM Case-Based Roundtable event, Kartik Konduri, MD, hematologist/medical oncologist, Texas Oncology-Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, discussed the case of a 59-year-old patient with stage IVA adenocarcinoma of the lung.”

The Superhero Oncologist Who Saved My Friend From Cancer
“A woman explains how her close friend achieved remission from stage 4 lung cancer after being treated by Dr. Bret Friday – a superhero in her book.”

Community-Based Intervention May Increase Lung Cancer Screening
“Cost, lower literacy levels and fear of lung cancer diagnosis were highlighted as concerns with lung cancer screening.”

Battling Lung Cancer With CT Screening
“A team of MGH clinicians and other lung cancer advocates stopped by the Boston Fire Department District 3 firehouse on Cambridge Street Nov. 1 to kick off National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.”

Biodesix Partners with Spesana to Streamline Digital Access to Molecular Diagnostics for Precision Medicine in Lung Cancer
“MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spesana, the developer of a novel electronic operating system to unify EMRs, and Biodesix Inc. (NSDQ: BDSX), a leading data-driven diagnostic solutions company with a focus in lung disease, announced today that they have partnered to further streamline and automate the use of molecular diagnostics in clinical workflows across the United States utilizing Spesana’s digital platform solutions for comprehensive lung cancer management.”

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Announces First Patient Enrolled in IMforte Phase 3 Trial Evaluating Zepzelca® (lurbinectedin) in Combination with a PD-L1 Inhibitor in Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.   (Nasdaq: JAZZ) today announced that the first patient was enrolled in a Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating Zepzelca® (lurbinectedin) in combination with the PD-L1 inhibitor Tecentriq® (atezolizumab) as a first-line maintenance treatment for patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). The trial, IMforte, conducted in collaboration with F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, will measure the progression-free survival and overall survival benefits of Zepzelca and Tecentriq administered in combination compared to Tecentriq alone.”

VIDEO:
Raleigh cancer survivor’s effort to help others earns her a national award and $50k for a local non-profit group
“RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh woman who survived an often-deadly form of cancer is giving back to patients fighting the same disease. Her work just won her national recognition and a big award for a local nonprofit.”

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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