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.

Lung Cancer Choices 4th 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.

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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.

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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.

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending January 13, 2020

ALK Positive and LUNGevity issue RFA for 2020 ALK-positive Lung Cancer Research Award Program
“ALK Positive/LUNGevity is requesting applications for the 2020 ALK-positive Lung Cancer Research Award. Letters of intent are due Feb. 14.”

Flu vaccines may shrink tumors and boost cancer treatment
“Recent experiments in mouse models have shown that injecting an inactivated flu virus into cancer tumors makes them shrink and boosts the effectiveness of immunotherapy.”

What You Need to Know About Plinabulin
The medication plinabulin is currently being tested in clinical trials to see its benefits in treating chemotherapy-induced neutropenia.
Side effects of cancer treatment are a barrier to the care that patients can receive if the severity of the side effect forces patients to discontinue therapy. One of these side effects most often experienced by people receiving chemotherapy is neutropenia, or low count of neutrophils, which are a type of white blood cell.”

Keytruda shows mixed results in late-stage lung cancer study
“The phase III KEYNOTE-604 trial investigating Keytruda (pembrolizumab), Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, in combination with chemotherapy, met one of its dual primary endpoints of progression-free survival in the first-line treatment of patients with extensive stage small cell lung cancer.”

Q&A: Cancer Death Rates Are Falling Nationally. Here’s What’s Happening At Uva
“This week, the American Cancer Society released some very welcome news: the cancer death rate in the U.S. dropped by 2.2% from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year drop ever recorded.”

St. Elizabeth expands lung cancer screening program to reach more at-risk people for early detection
“Kentucky: Since its 2013 launch, St. Elizabeth’s successful Lung Cancer Screening Program has taken direct aim at the disease in the Northern Kentucky region, completing more than 11,000 screenings and identifying over 100 lung cancers under Stage III, when it’s at its most treatable.”

Gundersen researchers find lobectomy increases life expectancy in small cell lung cancer patients
“Extremely aggressive and rapidly spreading, small cell lung cancer is rare but often fatal, with just 31% of those in stage one surviving beyond five years. For those diagnosed at stage two, that percentage drops to 19%.”

Patient step counters have ‘powerful implications’ for lung cancer treatment
“Clinicians who keep an eye on lung cancer patients’ step counts tracked through Fitbits and other devices may be able to predict the success of each individual’s chemotherapy.”

Why KRAS Inhibitors for Lung Cancer Stop Working (and What Can Be Done about It)
“Among cancer biologists, finding a drug that can target KRAS proteins has been considered the Holy Grail.”

My Choices© Update
Week Ending January 13, 2020

The Medical Minute: Should you exercise when you’re sick?
“The winter cold and flu season may try to knock out your new year’s plans to get or stay healthy, but the good news is you can fight back.”

For a balanced diet and good health, pay particular attention to these essential vitamins and minerals
“Most of us know that people require water, protein, carbohydrates, and fats to stay alive. But when it comes to essential vitamins and minerals, needed in smaller amounts but just as key in human functioning, things get hazy. Which ones do we have to be particularly careful about getting enough of? What happens if we don’t? And what foods can we find them in?”

Up to 42% of people who use this medicine don’t tell their doctors
“In one analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 42.3% of eligible respondents who reported using CAM did not disclose their most used CAM modality to their primary care physicians.”

Can CBD Oil Help Manage Your Arthritis Pain?
“As CBD oils, gels, creams, tinctures, and gummies continue to surge in popularity, so, too, do the claims that they help alleviate pain and inflammation. When it comes to using these products to manage arthritis pain, the medical community is split: Many doctors encourage their patients to seek out what works for them, while others prefer to wait for the hard, cold data.”

Does diet influence mental health? Assessing the evidence
“Can diet impact mental health? A new review takes a look at the evidence. Overall, the authors conclude that although nutrition certainly does appear to have an impact, there are still many gaps in our knowledge.”

How your income determines your overall health
“For instance, men born in 1930 who are in the highest quartile of earning live an average of 5.1 years longer than men in the lowest quartile of earning—a difference that’s projected to increase to 12.7 years for men born in 1960, according to research published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.”

5 surprising ways to use a resistance band to boost your health
“From rehabbing a shoulder injury to improving circulation when you sit all day, here are some lesser-known uses for exercise bands.”

New Cancer Statistics Show Largest Drop in Cancer Mortality in a Single Year
“The death rate from cancer in the United States declined by 29 percent between 1991 and 2017, with the largest drop ever seen in a single year — 2.2 percent — occurring between 2016 and 2017, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS) report “Cancer Facts & Figures 2020.”

Green Tea Drinkers May Live Longer
“People who love their green tea may also enjoy longer, healthier lives, a large new study suggests