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.

Weekly News Update

My Choices© Update
Week Ending September 26, 2022

Integrative Medicine for Pain Management in Oncology: Society for Integrative Oncology–ASCO Guideline
“The aim of this joint guideline is to provide evidence-based recommendations to practicing physicians and other health care providers on integrative approaches to managing pain in patients with cancer.”

All About Aromatherapy: Uses, Health Benefits, and Risks
“Inhaling or absorbing essential oils into the skin are the two most popular aromatherapy methods. Essential oils come from various parts of a plant, including the flowers, leaves, seeds, and woods. The oils contain the “essence” of the plant’s fragrance.”

Nutritional education is health care — let’s make it official
“With its ambitious plans for improving the nation’s health and food security, this month the White House will host a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health — the first of its kind in more than 50 years.”

The Simple 4-7-8 Breathing Technique Can Help You Relax and Sleep Better—Here’s Why
“When you’re feeling stressed or having trouble sleeping, it can sometimes be difficult to get out of that headspace and calm down. But the solution may be as easy as taking deep breaths in and out in a specific rhythm.”

Here’s What It Actually Means to Have a Chronic Disease
“Whether it’s heart disease, cancer, stroke or diabetes, 6 in 10 adults have a chronic disease. Even more alarming, 4 in 10 people have two or more.”

The Importance of Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers
“It is well known that a healthy diet and physical activity are beneficial to cancer survivorship. But support for the physical and dietary health of caregivers of cancer patients is just as important and often overlooked. There is significant evidence showing the benefits of physical activity and healthy dietary intake for both cancer patients and their caregivers.”

9 Ways to Improve Your Gut Bacteria, Based on Science
“There are around 40 trillion bacteria in your body, most of which are found in your gut. Collectively, they are known as your gut microbiome, and they’re incredibly important for overall health. However, certain types of bacteria in your intestines can also contribute to many diseases.”

What are the 6 essential nutrients?
“A person’s body cannot produce everything that it needs to function. There are six essential nutrients that people need to consume through dietary sources to maintain optimal health.”

Is Fruit Juice Good for You?
“To some people, having juice at breakfast is as much a part of the a.m. routine as brushing their teeth. But regular fruit juice drinkers, as well as those intrigued by the growing number of good-for-you-sounding options, may wonder how it fits in with health goals.”

These tests tell you which foods to avoid. Do they work?
“Food is one of life’s pleasures, but it can also be a source of pain — especially if you’re among the tens of millions of Americans who regularly experience digestive issues such as heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating or diarrhoea. When those symptoms strike, you may wonder: Are certain foods to blame?”

Safe Exercises When You Have Atrial Fibrillation
“There are many known triggers for atrial fibrillation (afib), including alcohol, stress, and intense exercise. (1) But unlike avoiding beverages and stress, which are always positive ways to help you live well with an irregular heartbeat, exercise helps when it’s done right”

What if You Could Get the Benefits of Exercise Without Working Out?
“We all know exercise is good for us. It helps you manage weight and lowers the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers. Yet nearly half of U.S. adults don’t get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week.”

Hepatitis C News
Week Ending September 26, 2022

Let’s see about C — America’s most common viral infection
“Symptoms of hepatitis C include yellow skin or eyes, loss of appetite, stomach pain, fever, dark urine, light-colored stool, joint pain and fatigue.”

Hep C Treatment Significantly Decreases Liver Disease and Mortality
“The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for hepatitis C virus (HCV) to be eliminated by 2030. While there is no vaccine for HCV, direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) can clear the virus from the body. However, HCV treatment uptake has historically been very low among people who inject drugs (PWID).”

Non-Targeted Hepatitis C Virus Screening Helps Identify Potential Missed Cases
“In the group positive for HCV by RNA testing in the emergency department, the linkage to care was just 44.1%, compared to 67.6% for patients in outpatient clinics and 50.9% for patients in inpatient units.”

Heart attack risk increased among people with HIV and hepatitis C as they aged
“HIV and hepatitis C status associated with increased risk of heart attack, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association”

HCV Not Associated With Myocarditis Risks for Young HIV Patients
“However, according to one study the risk of heart inflammation increases with age and amplifies in patients with hepatitis C (HCV) compared to patients without HCV.”

Hepatitis C symptoms you should never ignore as 50% of sufferers don’t know they have it
“Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver. Left untreated it can sometimes cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver over many years. Here are some of the most common symptoms to spot”

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending September 26, 2022

Immunotherapy for Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer with Unresectable Stage III
“Concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) and adjuvant durvalumab are the recommended treatments for people with stage III non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, despite the increased chance of survival provided by immunotherapy in this situation, just one-third of patients were alive and disease-free at 5 years.”

Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung: Treatment Considerations
“The researchers found that squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung is a subtype of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with a distinct molecular profile distinguishing it from adenocarcinoma of the lung. There was a critical unmet need for efficient second-line options following immunotherapy, especially as immune checkpoint inhibitors are being rapidly elevated from second to first-line status in NSCLC.”

A Guide to Lung Cancer Symptoms
“Lung cancer occurs when atypical cells in the lungs grow and multiply uncontrollably. This can cause various symptoms. If you experience any of the symptoms of lung cancer, speak with your doctor right away.”

Cancer survival rate rises in the US
“In a recent article by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the researchers highlighted basic, translational, and clinical cancer research and cancer-related population sciences in the 12th edition of its annual Cancer Progress Report.”

How Do Patients With Lung Cancer Report on the Quality of Care?
“Lung cancer is the second leading cancer type, with the American Cancer Society estimating approximately 236,740 new cases in 2022.”

The 50-Year Journey of Lung Cancer Screening: A Narrative Review
“Early diagnosis and treatment are associated with better outcomes in oncology. We reviewed the existing literature using the search terms “low dose computed tomography” and “lung cancer screening” for systematic reviews, metanalyses, and randomized as well as non-randomized clinical trials in PubMed from January 1, 1963 to April 30, 2022.”

Lung cancer treatment: Specific gene mutation may be a key
“Lung cancer can be both deadly and difficult to treat. Experts’ understanding of lung cancer has significantly expanded in recent years with developing new treatment options being a priority.”

VIDEO:
Improving Outcomes in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Future Directions in Care

Catherine A. Shu, MD, Reviews Findings of Cohort A of the Phase 1 CHRYSALIS-2 Trial in Pretreated EGFR+ NSCLC

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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