Caring for Yourself and Caring for Others During a Disaster/Epidemic

Watch the presentation on Vimeo by Susan Hedlund, LCSW, OSW-c, FAOSW
Director – Patient and Family Services
Senior Scholar – Center for Ethics, OHSU

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.

Joint Statement on COVID-19 From Lung Cancer Advocacy Groups.  Our knowledge about how the virus affects our immune systems and other organs is continuously evolving. Along with this knowledge, doctors are becoming better at managing patients with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. 

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:

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.

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending March 1, 2021

New Study Seeks Origins of Young Lung Cancer
“Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute and GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer to learn about environmental, lifestyle, and demographic risks of developing lung cancer under the age of 40.”

Lung Cancer Research Foundation Announces New Research Collaboration with AstraZeneca
“Over $900,000 in Research Grants Focused on Resistance to EGFR Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors (TKIs) and Immunotherapies”

Sanofi’s immunotherapy Libtayo gets FDA approval in first line lung cancer
“Sanofi’s cancer immunotherapy Libtayo (cemiplimab) has a third US indication after the FDA approved it for certain untreated lung cancer patients.”

MedStar Health Launches Lung Cancer Screening Program at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
“Clinton, MD (February 25, 2021) – MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has recently launched a new lung cancer screening program.”

Lung Cancer Signs and Symptoms: What You Need To Know
“Lung Cancer has been very prevalent in the news over the last month, with the passing of Radio Host Rush Limbaugh and Actor Dustin Diamond to the disease,s along with Bob Dole’s announcement that he’s battling it too.”

Mining Brain Metastasis for Answers
“When lung cancer and breast cancer relapse, they often metastasize in the brain. The tumors that arise in the brain develop novel characteristics, differences that often confer resistance to existing drug therapies and create opportunities for new detection and treatment approaches for Yale Cancer Center researchers.”

Releasing the Brakes on an Innate Immune System Response
“Our bodies have two immune systems: the innate one we are born with that is capable of inducing a rapid immune response; and the adaptive one, which is prompted into action by the innate immune system. The innate immune system detects an intruder and sends out a first line of defense, and directs the adaptive immune system to create a more specific and nimble response.”

Common and Severe Adverse Events Related to Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer
“Hossein Borghaei, DO, MS, a medical oncologist at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, discusses some adverse events (AEs) associated with the use of immunotherapy for lung cancer.”

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, on What Multidisciplinary Providers Should Know About KEYNOTE-010
“With over 5 years of follow-up, pembrolizumab (Keytruda) continued to demonstrate clinically meaningful improvements in both overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) versus docetaxel among patients with previously treated, advanced non–small cell lung cancer with a PD-L1 tumor proportion score (TPS) of at least 1%, according to updated results from the KEYNOTE-010 study (NCT01905657) presented at the IASLC 2020 World Conference on Lung Cancer.”

My Choices© Update
Week Ending March 1, 2021

Study suggests mindfulness meditation helps cultivate self-transcendence through the process of decentering
“Novice meditators who develop the ability to non-reactively observe their thoughts, feelings and physical sensations are more likely to experience self-transcendence, according to new research published in Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.”

7 Habits to Help Make Your Meditation Practice Stick
“In the last 10 years, I’ve tried several different types of mediation, from mindful to mantra to a transcendental approach. I wanted to find a sustainable way to feel less restless in my daily life. In the beginning, my mind wandered and I couldn’t sit still for even two minutes. After a few months, I increased my quiet time to 10 minutes, but unnecessary thoughts would interfere. Now, I’ve committed to 22 minutes of transcendental meditation daily and forgive myself when my practice isn’t perfect.”

6 Subtle But Serious Signs You Have A Heart Problem
“One person in the U.S. will die from cardiovascular disease every 36 seconds, making it one of the leading causes of death for Americans. Additionally, roughly 655,000 Americans die from heart complications each year — which breaks down to one in every four deaths.”

Guide to Medical Use of Cannabis Therapy for Cancer Care
“Maui Grown Therapies has decided to organize another webinar about the usefulness of cannabis for cancer. The webinar titled, “Cannabis and Cancer Care”, will start at 11:00am (HST), and for Pacific Mainlander’s, the start time would be 1:00pm (PST), on March 11, 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity, this is a one time only FREE webinar! If you or a loved one have been diagnosed, please join.”

Anti-inflammatory Diet Could Help Reduce Low Back Pain
“If you’re one of the millions of Americans with low back pain, chances are you’ve tried a variety of lifestyle adjustments and remedies to improve your symptoms. Although it may help to upgrade to a high-tech mattress or an ergonomic office chair, new research suggests that you may be able to improve your back pain via a less obvious (and less expensive) route: by changing the foods you eat every day.”

Experts Reveal How To Get To Sleep Straight Away
“Experts have shared their top tips to help you get to sleep straight away, with one saying you can nod off in just 60 seconds with a simple breathing technique.

Anti-Cancer Foods
“FIGHT CANCER WITH YOUR fork; it’s an idea that encourages us to choose a healthy diet and avoid foods that pack on pounds and prime the body for cancer and other chronic diseases.”

Why is physical activity so important for health and wellbeing?
“We know that staying active is one of the best ways to keep our bodies healthy. But did you know it can also improve your overall well-being and quality of life? “

5 science-backed health benefits of vitamin C and how to add more to your diet
“Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is used for various processes in the body including building bone, collagen, and muscles. It’s also important for wound healing. But the human body doesn’t produce vitamin C on its own, meaning you need to consume it from dietary sources.”

Try these ideas to ‘Make Every Bite Count’
“The recently released 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) encourage us to “Make Every Bite Count” for a healthy life, both now and as we age.”

We Asked Nutritionists And Dietitians What They Eat For Breakfast; Here’s What They Said
“So to start your mornings right, we’ve asked nutritionists and registered dietitians to share their favorite easy and healthy breakfast recipes. From overnight oats and breakfast cookies to high-protein tacos, here are some balanced and expert-approved breakfast ideas to add to your rotation.”


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