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

We provide information, tools, and resources to help those with any long-term disease 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 healthcare 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.

Recent News

Week Ending November 19, 2018

Hepatitis C Treatments OK for Injection Drug Users
“Most people who inject illicit drugs can complete treatment for hepatitis C and achieve a cure using direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy, even if they do not have perfect adherence, according to study results presented here.”

The connection between cirrhosis and hepatitis C
“Hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver are medical conditions that can damage and inflame the liver. Hepatitis C is a viral illness, while cirrhosis is scarring of the liver that can occur due to hepatitis C and other medical conditions.”

New research aims to help improve uptake of hepatitis C testing
“HCV infects the liver. If left untreated, it can cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver over many years. Today, with the help of modern treatments it’s usually possible to cure the infection, and most people with it will have a normal life expectancy.”

Hepatitis C is detectable in rectal and nasal fluid
“High levels of hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be found in the rectal and nasal fluids of people with high hepatitis C viral loads even when blood is not present, Austrian researchers reported on Sunday at the 2018 AASLD Liver Meeting.”

Hepatitis C treatment can be shortened in 50 percent of patients, study finds
“Findings from a new study could lead to significant cost savings. Preliminary data from the study, co-led by a theoretical modeling researcher from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Loyola Medicine, found that in 50 percent of patients, the standard 12-week treatment regimen could be shortened to as little as six weeks without compromising efficacy.”

Recent News

Week Ending November 19, 2018

The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Initiative Launches New Campaign, ‘Lock Up Lung Cancer,’ to Expose Hidden Killer of Women
“If a serial killer were as prolific as lung cancer at taking the lives of women, it would be Public Enemy #1.”

Targeted Lung Cancer Therapy
“A discovery by a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital’s Daniel Haber, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-scientist supported by the National Foundation for Cancer Research since 2003, now represents a source of hope for many patients with metastatic lung cancer.”

Are comorbidities associated with long-term survival of lung cancer? A population-based cohort study from French cancer registries
“Survival rates of lung cancer remains poor and the impact of comorbidities on the prognosis is discussed. The objective of this study was to assess if the Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) was associated with 8-year survival rates by histological type.”

Can Exercise Offer Benefit in Advanced Lung Cancer Patients?
“Good adherence to a regular exercise program can improve levels of fatigue and functional well-being among patients with advanced inoperable lung cancer, according to a new study. In spite of that, a second study shows that many lung cancer patients are unaware of the potential benefits of exercise.”

Combination of two immunotherapies shows activity in non-small cell lung cancer patients
“A combination of two drugs, which prompt the body’s immune system to identify and kill cancer cells, is a safe treatment for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer and has shown some signs of efficacy.”

Researchers identify a mechanism that fuels cancer cells’ growth
“Scientists at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified sodium glucose transporter 2, or SGLT2, as a mechanism that lung cancer cells can utilize to obtain glucose, which is key to their survival and promotes tumor growth. The finding provides evidence that SGLT2 may be a novel biomarker that scientists can use to help diagnose precancerous lung lesions and early-stage lung cancers.”

Dr. Herbst on Immune Resistance in Lung Cancer

Recent News

Week Ending November 19, 2018

More adults and children are using yoga and meditation

“Over the past five years, more Americans of all ages are rolling out their yoga mats and meditating. A large nationally representative survey shows that the number of American adults and children using yoga and meditation has significantly increased over previous years and that use of chiropractic care has increased modestly for adults and held steady for children.”
Mental Health Resources
“Resources for stress reduction and mindfulness”
“When a child is ill, especially with such a devastating disease as cancer, parents often feel desperate and helpless. There is so little they can do for their child, yet they want to be proactive in any way they can. Therefore, parents often consider complementary and integrative medicine practices.”
“Many Americans experience a disconnect between how they personally define health and how they talk about their health with their doctors. Nearly half (45%) of U.S. adults who have a primary care physician (PCP) say they wish they talked with their doctor more about why they want to be healthy, and a majority of younger people (57% of those aged 18-44) say they wish their doctor would talk to them about treatments that do not involve medication, according to a new survey released today by Samueli Integrative Health Programs.”
“Acupuncture in the emergency department (ED) setting relieves pain, cuts stress and anxiety, and is acceptable to the majority of patients, new research shows.”
“An interactive Web-based resource that offers self-care tools, meditation, yoga, and nutritional guidance and includes group medical visits reduces chronic pain in patients with little or no access to in-person therapies, new research shows.”
“Healthcare providers, policy makers, patients, insurers, and other stakeholders are making progress in ensuring better access to integrative pain management therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, and massage.”