The Caring Ambassadors Program provides this website to help you and your loved ones
understand your disease and some of the health care options available to you.

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 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. This book is suitable for both the newly diagnosed and those who have been living with lung cancer for some time.

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.

Medical Writers’ Circle. The Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Medical Writers’ Circle provides information to help you and your loved ones make informed decisions about your health and are written by experts in the field of lung cancer from throughout the Country.

Help Open People’s Eyes. Would you be so kind as to share a snippet about your lung cancer experience with us? There is no right way to share – talk, write, draw, speak poetry – just please SHARE. Email us: MyStory@CaringAmbassadors.org

Weekly News Update. Caring Ambassadors Program provides 3 weekly news updates covering Lung Cancer News, Hepatitis C News, and My Choices© Update. Receive them delivered weekly to your inbox.

Meet Robin Sharf, through cancer and COVID-19, Robin strives to see the silver linings and does her best to live well each day with gratitude and appriecation. Read Robin’s empowering story today.

Weekly News Update

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending May 23, 2022

Role of Molecular Biology, Evolving Immunotherapy Addressed in Lung Cancer Conference
”At the upcoming 23rd Annual International Lung Cancer Congress®, Solange Peters, MD, PhD will be giving two presentation around relevant biomarkers in perioperative immunotherapy and the role of treatment agent sequencing in ALK-rearranged non–small cell lung cancer.”

Imaging Approach Helps To Detect Lung Cancer Earlier
“Researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania  have found a way to identify lung cancer at the cellular level in real time during a biopsy, offering promise in the ability to detect the disease earlier and with more confidence.”

Medicaid expansion linked to survival gain, reduced disparities among patients with cancer
“The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act correlated with an increase in 2-year OS rates among patients newly diagnosed with cancer, according to study results published in JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”

Study shows 1 in 5 former smokers may be overlooked for cessation counseling
“A new UC Davis study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows some people may be overlooked for tobacco cessation counseling,  putting them at risk for lung cancer. The study attributes the finding to the way health care providers are asking some people about their current tobacco use.”

Oritinib Shows Promise in EGFR T790M+ NSCLC
“The third generation EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) oritinib (SH-1028) demonstrated almost complete disease control in previously treated patients with EGFR T790M–mutant, locally advanced or metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).”

Follow-Up Often Delayed After High-Risk Findings on Lung Cancer Screening
FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) — “Nearly half of lung cancer screening exams with high-risk Lung-RADS findings result in delays in care, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2022 International Conference, held from May 13 to 18 in San Francisco.”

Lung cancer funding needed
“On behalf of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, my late father, and my patients, I ask that you join me in urging Congress to support $60 million for the lung cancer research program within the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program in the latest Defense Department appropriations bill.”

Blood-based biomarker can predict the benefit of immunotherapy to lung cancer patients
“A blood-based tumor biomarker can predict the benefit of immunotherapy to patients with non-small cell lung cancer, according to a study published in Nature Medicine.”

Heiden to receive award from cancer research group
“Brendan Heiden, MD, a surgical resident and cardiothoracic surgery research fellow at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will receive the Harborside Endowed Merit Award from Conquer Cancer, the foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).”

Unecritinib Shows Efficacy as ROS1-Directed Therapy in NSCLC
“Unecritinib (TTQ-B3101) monotherapy showed promising efficacy in the first line for patients with ROS1-positive non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Shun Lu, MD, PhD, a professor at Shanghai Chest Hospital at Jiao Tong University and chief of Shanghai Lung Cancer Center in China, presented the findings at the European Lung Cancer Congress 2022.”

My Choices© Update
Week Ending May 23, 2022

Exactly How Does Zinc Help the Immune System? Experts Explain
“Immunity is a complex process that relies on various nutrients—chief among them being zinc. Research shows that zinc plays a role in multiple aspects of your immune system.* But how, exactly, does zinc support your immunity and how do you know if you’re getting enough? Let’s dive in.”

Exercise, Diet, and Weight Management During Cancer Treatment: ASCO Guideline
“A systematic review of the literature identified systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials evaluating the impact of aerobic and resistance exercise, specific diets and foods, and intentional weight loss and avoidance of weight gain in adults during cancer treatment, on quality of life, treatment toxicity, and cancer control.”

Virtual workouts spiked during the pandemic — and the trend is sticking around
“At the height of the pandemic, when going to the gym wasn’t an option, millions of people began exploring virtual workouts from home for the first time. And many of them now say they won’t go back.”

How timing your meals right can benefit your health
“Eating well doesn’t necessarily just mean concentrating on the right diet – the time you eat (or don’t) can also make a big difference to your wellbeing”

How To Embrace Longevity Nutrition, Based On A Comprehensive Study
“Sometimes a truly awesome compilation of scientific evidence in the field of nutrition is systematically examined by researchers, and as a nutrition scientist and dietitian, it makes me want to shake the author’s hands and personally thank them.”

Cancer-Related Fatigue Outcome Measures in Integrative Oncology: Evidence for Practice and Research Recommendations
“Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is one of the most common symptoms across the cancer continuum and is often underreported and undertreated. Defined as a distressing, persistent, subjective sense of tiredness or exhaustion related to cancer or its treatment, CRF includes physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual dimensions.”

How diet and gut bacteria may point to new treatments for depression
“Worldwide, some 280 million people, or 5% of the adult population, have depression. The World Health Organization has called it a “leading cause of disability worldwide.” The currently available treatments such as antidepressants and behavioral therapies are effective for many people but are not suitable or available to all.”

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National Nutrition Month

We have all heard it before,

“You are what you eat.” 

Nourishing your body through any journey is essential. According to the CDC, fewer than 1 in 10 American adults and adolescents eat enough fruit and vegetables. An unhealthy diet can lead to increased chances of some cancers and type 2 diabetes.

Many illnesses can affect the way the body is able to process nutrients. Even some treatments have side effects that influence the bodies ability to use the fuel foods provide. Fueling your body correctly can actually help treatments be more effective.

Knowing the current dietary guidelines can help you make healthier decisions on your journey.

It’s not only about how much you eat, but what you eat plays a significant role in your wellness. There are many ways that you can approach improving your diet. You can learn more about nutrition and how to make changes in the Nutrition section of in MY CHOICES: A Planner of Healing. 

“No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.”

— Maimonides

 

 Learning new habits is never an easy feat. Michael Pollan, a respected journalist, writer and professor offers a simple and effective recommendation,

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Sounds easy enough, right? We put together a list of his 7 rules for eating well to help you create your new eating habits. Great for hanging on the fridge for a daily reminder.

Nutrition in the Patient with Lung Cancer is available as part of Lung Cancer Choices, 5th Edition. This chapter explores how important nutrition is for people with lung cancer.

“Lung cancer treatment can create a burden of healing that can overwhelm even a healthy patient’s nutritional reserve. Cancer itself can affect appetite, digestion, and use of nutrients. Treatment regimens such as surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation can cause side effects that interfere with eating and drinking. A patient’s nutritional status can deteriorate throughout treatment, reducing their ability to tolerate treatment. Decisions about treatment regimen may be determined based on general health performance status scores. Weight loss and decreased ability to consume adequate nutrition can negatively influence those performance scores and alter treatment options.”

Cancer Prevention Month

You’ve probably heard in a hundred times, early detection saves lives! We know it works for breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. Science has proven lung cancer screening saves lives, too. But what does that actually mean?

Early detection saves lives means that the sooner cancer is found, the odds of successful treatment increase.

Both people who smoke and people who do NOT smoke are diagnosed with lung cancer.

To stop smoking is one of the best things you can do to help your body. We understand this is not easy task. We offer a comprehensive look at how to stop smoking in Lung Cancer Choices, 5th Edition

If you or anyone you know has been affected by lung cancer, Lung Cancer Choices 5th Edition is a newly updated complete look at lung cancer from diagnosis and staging to treatments and complementary medicine, and everything in between. This resource is free to read on our site or to download.
Please share this free information with anyone affected by lung cancer.

Testing homes for radon gas now more important than ever

State program urges home testing during Radon Action Month

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority is recognizing Radon Action Month during January by encouraging people in the state to test their homes for radon, an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking.

Many parts of Oregon remain at risk of high radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes up from the ground and is drawn into buildings, where it can build up to dangerous levels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. In addition to being the second leading cause of lung cancer, it is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

People can take steps to reduce their exposure to radon by testing their homes for radon and, if necessary, hiring a professional to reduce it to a safe level. The best time to test is during the heating season, when the windows and doors are closed up tight.

“Now more than ever we are spending more time in our homes. That means more exposure to potentially high radon levels. They only way to know if you have a high radon level, is to test.” recommends Jara Popinga, Radon Awareness Program coordinator at OHA. “The best time to test for radon is during the heating season or colder months when the windows and doors are closed for long periods of time.”

Many test kits are priced between $15 and $25 and can be found in most hardware stores. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost similar to that of common home repairs, such as painting or having a new water heater installed.

The Radon Awareness Program collects radon test data from test kit manufacturers to understand which areas of the state have the potential for high radon levels and to identify areas where educational outreach efforts need to be focused. The program is offering a free radon test kit to residents whose homes are in ZIP codes with fewer than 20 radon test results. Residents can learn more about the free short-term radon test kit program and how to apply at www.healthoregon.org/radon. Free test kits are available while supplies last.

For more information on which areas of the state are at moderate to high risk of having elevated radon levels, radon testing and mitigation, or to order a test kit online, contact the Radon Awareness Program at radon.program@state.or.us or visit www.healthoregon.org/radon.

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