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 December 9, 2019

Immunotherapy’s next horizon: cancer prevention
“Teresa Powell learned she remained at high risk for lung cancer three years ago, after doctors removed an early-stage malignancy but testing still showed pre-disease growths.”

Department of Defense awards grant to Edmond researcher for lung cancer study
“OKLAHOMA CITY – Cancer researchers operate from a fundamental premise: Tumor cells are very smart. Because of their ability to disguise themselves, hide or otherwise evade the immune cells that can kill them, the key to successful treatment depends upon taking away those powers.”

Oncology Clinical Pathways: A Growing Trend for Value-Based Care
“Oncology clinical pathways (OCPs) have been part of a growing trend for providers and payers.  The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) reported a 42% increase from 2014 to 2016 in practices compliant with a pathway program based on an annual census of oncology practices.”

Young Investigators awarded $200k to study how the body’s own defense mechanisms may be used in the fight against lung cancer
“Lung Cancer Foundation of America, International Lung Cancer Foundation (ILC Foundation) fund two new Young Investigator grants focusing on immunotherapy”

Depression affects one-third of lung cancer patients
“Study finds impact on pain, hopelessness, day-to-day function
COLUMBUS, Ohio – About one-third of patients newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer have moderate to severe symptoms of depression, a new study suggests.”

Genentech Earns Another Lung Cancer Approval for Tecentriq
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Genentech’s Tecentriq plus chemotherapy as a first-line treatment of metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer. The approval is for patients who have no EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations.”

Fighting lung cancer: How new therapies are improving outcomes
“Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. As a medical professional who deals with this widespread disease on a daily basis, I would like to share some of the new treatments and preventative measures we are taking to combat lung cancer and raise awareness of the disease.”

FDA Grants Priority Review to Durvalumab for Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer
“The FDA has accepted a supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) and granted a priority review to Imfinzi (durvalumab) for the treatment of patients with previously untreated extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC), according to AstraZeneca, the drug’s manufacturer.”

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Checking Out Emerging Approaches in Lung Cancer Treatment in Chicago
“We recently traveled to Chicago, Illinois for a State of the Science Summit™ on Lung Cancer.”

My Choices© Update
Week Ending December 9, 2019

Health Tip: 4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise
“Breathing exercises can help you relax and manage stress, says the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. The center suggests using the 4-7-8 breath exercise.”

7 Home Remedies to Boost Your Immune System
“Fall and winter usher in the cold and flu season, so it’s important to boost your immune system to protect from viruses and germs. With the busy holiday social season, you need to be especially careful since you are much more likely to come into contact with folks sniffling and sneezing.”

How Long Does Chemotherapy Stay in Your Body?
“Chemotherapy agents are powerful drugs that are used to treat cancer throughout the body. Chemotherapy drugs work by a variety of different mechanisms, but their general effect is to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells, which divide and proliferate quickly. Chemotherapy is administrated with the intention of eliminating cancer cells so that the infected body can survive and remain in remission.“

Marijuana Could Offer Relief From Migraine Pain
“Headache and migraine patients, take note: medical marijuana may help ease your pain.”

NIH study reports more than half of US office-based physicians recommend CHA
“A new study has shown that more than half (53.1%) of office-based physicians in the U.S., across specialty areas, recommended at least one complementary health approach (CHA) to their patients during the previous 12 months, with female physicians (63.2%) more likely to recommend a CHA than male physicians (49.3%).”

Dreams train brain for fearful real-life situations
“Bad dreams can help people react better to frightening situations when they’re awake, a finding that could lead to dream-based therapies for anxiety, Swiss researchers say.”

Plant-based Diets: What About Dairy?
“Plant-based diets might aid in the prevention and reversal of disease. People with Parkinson’s disease can benefit from plant-based diets.”

Botanicals in the limelight during scientists’ social media Q&A
“On Nov. 8, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists from NIEHS, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), and others joined science enthusiasts on the social media platform Reddit.”

How to Eat, Sleep and Live Better, with Dr. Andrew Weil M.D.
“Dr. Andrew Weil M.D. is nothing less than a legendary leader within the field of integrative and botanical medicine. Now, at 77 years old, he’s still the perfect picture of health.”