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.

AmazonSmile is a website operate by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products. 

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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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.

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending May 18, 2020

Treatment guidance for lung cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
“Lung cancer patients are at heightened risk for COVID-19 and the reported high mortality rate among lung cancer patients with COVID-19 has given pause to oncologists who are faced with patients with not one, but two severe, life-threatening diseases.”

Hutchinson Regional designated lung cancer screening center
“The American College of Radiology has designated the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Imaging Services Department as a Lung Cancer Screening Center.”

FDA Approves Chemo-Free Combo for Lung Cancer
“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the combination of nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol-Myers Squibb) plus ipilimumab (Yervoy, Bristol-Myers Squibb) as first-line treatment for patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors express PD-L1 (≥ 1%).”

FDA approves Retevmo, first therapy for lung and thyroid cancers with RET gene alterations
“FDA has approved Retevmo (selpercatinib) capsules to treat non-small cell lung cancer, medullary thyroid cancer and other types of thyroid cancers in patients whose tumors have an alteration in a specific gene (RET).”

Smoking Cessation Before Lung Cancer Diagnosis May Improve Survival
“Those who quit smoking, which can span as far out at 2 years prior to a lung cancer diagnosis, have increased chances of survival, compared with those who continue to smoke, according to data during a 2020 ASCO Virtual Scientific Program press briefing.”

Chicago Woman Defeats Both Lung Cancer and Coronavirus
“A Chicago woman who overcame both lung cancer and the novel coronavirus hopes a drug, that she said helped her recover, will help others. NBC 5’s Regina Waldroup reports.”

Exploring Biomarkers for Immunotherapy Treatment in Lung Cancer
“Jamie E. Chaft, MD, a thoracic medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses biomarkers used to identify patients with lung cancer who would benefit from immunotherapy and the possibility for future biomarkers in this setting.”

My Choices© Update
Week Ending May 18, 2020

More Chinese Traditional Medicine, Unfortunately
“I mentioned the other day that what was reported as a hydroxychloroquine trial in China may well have been (or at least begun as) a trial of “traditional Chinese medicine” (TCM). It doesn’t take much digging to turn up a number of registered clinical trials for coronavirus therapy via TCM, actually.”

Malnutrition leading cause of death and ill health worldwide – report
“Coronavirus highlights weakness of food and health systems, as Global Nutrition Report finds one in nine of world’s population is hungry”

5 health benefits of nutritional yeast and how to use it
“Popular atop plant-based plates for years now, nutritional yeast is a staple even the most sceptical of omnivores are starting to get behind.”

Can Exercise Help Treat Anxiety?
“Chances are good that you, or someone you know, is dealing with anxiety. One in 5 Americans over 18, and 1 in 3 teenagers 13 to 18, reported having a chronic anxiety disorder during the past year. And when I talk to college students, they’re not at all surprised that a whopping 63% of students felt tremendous anxiety during their freshman year, according to a report by the National College Health Association.”

Chinese Herbal Medicine & Antivirals COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Results
“Acupuncturists providing herbal medicine play an integral role in the treatment of COVID-19 (coronavirus). A study published by Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center researchers indicates that an integrative medicine approach to patient care produces significant positive patient outcomes.”