The Caring Ambassadors Program provides this website to help you and your loved ones understand your disease
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Our three main methods to fight lung cancer are to Empower patients and providers with access to free educational materials, and resources; to Educate communities about the importance of screening and to share current information with patients and their families; and to Advocate for access to screening and treatment for lung cancer for all communities. Knowledge empowers you to ask the necessary questions to become your own best advocate. When your questions have been asked and answered, you and your health care providers will be in the best possible situation to determine the best treatment approach for you.

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Lung Cancer News
Week Ending October 21, 2019

Phase III CANOPY Studies to Investigate Canakinumab in NSCLC
“Three phase III studies are set to investigate the value of canakinumab, a monoclonal antibody, in the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to abstracts presented at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 2019 North America Conference on Lung Cancer.”

Long-term Asbestos Exposure Can Trigger Lung Cancer in Children, Say Experts
“Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the potential to cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health groups.”

Durvalumab Combination Improves Outcomes in Patients With ES-SCLC
“At the 2019 ESMO Congress, updated data from the phase III CASPIAN trial demonstrated delays in the development of new lesions and improvements in patient-reported outcomes (PROs) with the addition of durvalumab (Imfinzi), a PD-L1 inhibitor, to etoposide and platinum-based chemotherapy in the frontline for patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC).1 However, PD-L1 expression did not appear predictive of response.”

Predicting The Benefits Of Immunotherapy in NSCLC
“Ongoing research is examining how the biomarkers PD-L1 and tumor mutational burden (TMB) can be used in a complementary fashion to predict which patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) will benefit most from immunotherapy.”

Current and ex smokers may lower lung cancer risk with exercise
“(Reuters Health) – Men who are current or former smokers may be less likely to develop or die from lung cancer when they’re more physically fit, a recent study suggests.”

E-cigarette smoke associated with lung cancer, inflammation, as federal agencies respond to vaping deaths
“E-cigarette smoke, like tobacco smoke, may, in fact, cause cancer, new studies suggest.”

Challenges of Molecular and Immune Testing in Lung Cancer, and Implications of Liquid Biopsies
“New York—At the 2019 Perspectives in Thoracic Oncology meeting, Marc Ladanyi, MD, Chief of Molecular Diagnostics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, spoke with Oncology Learning Network about the challenges of molecular and immune testing in lung cancer, and the implications of liquid biopsies in therapeutic management.”

ESMO 2019: Dr. Spigel Highlights Progress in Lung Cancer

My Choices© Update
Week Ending October 21, 2019

What Are the Benefits of Turmeric?
“Famed for purported anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the botanical is hailed for helping a host of conditions. Is that true?”

“Music may be just what you need to stick with an exercise program – and picking the right tunes could even improve performance.”

Massage Therapy Can be Important for Cancer Patients
“Recent research compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association on massage therapy for cancer patients continues to indicate its value for easing pain, reducing nausea, and preventing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.”

The Power of Song: Why your doctor should be prescribing choir practice
“GPs should prescribe participation in communal singing activities to patients to raise self-esteem and overcome loneliness, a tuneful event at the University of Sussex was told this week.”

Opioid addiction can be overcome with mindfulness, study suggests
“The ancient practice of mindfulness may be a powerful tool in fighting the modern-day epidemic of opioid addiction, new research suggests.”

Medical marijuana popularity surging in Illinois as revisions in law allow greater access for patients
“The medical marijuana program in Illinois is seeing record growth since changes in the law greatly expanded the program and made it easier for patients to participate.”

11 Foods That’ll Boost Your Joint Health and Bone Strength
“As supplements such as collagen and glucosamine grow in popularity, many of us are quickly learning that we don’t need to live in pain from weak bones and creaky joints. Although certain supplements help maintain bone and joint health, the key to keeping your body strong starts in the kitchen. A well-balanced diet focused on key nutrients is the first step in pursuing pain-free running and promoting”

Explore Holistic Therapies in Addiction Treatment
“As addiction treatment evolves, holistic therapies have become increasingly popular in promoting recovery and lasting sobriety.”

This Is the Best Diet to Reduce Your Cancer Risk, According to an Oncologist
“Cancer is a very scary topic, and unfortunately, almost all of us are affected by the disease in some way, whether we know someone who has or had it, or we’ve faced it ourselves. Personally, my father died from the disease. When you have experienced it in some way, you’ll do anything to reduce your own risk (and you’ll push your family and friends to get on board, too).”

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