February 14, 2011

Caring Ambassadors Program Launches Unique New DVD Series "Hepatitis C: Choices in Care"

Feb 14, 2011 11:31 ET

OREGON CITY, OR--(Marketwire - February 14, 2011) - The Caring Ambassadors Program (CAP) proudly announces the release of the new DVD series "Hepatitis C: Choices in Care -- Distinctive Viewpoints on Choices for Your Hepatitis C Journey." The 2-disc set offers over nine hours of leading expert physician interviews, patient consultations, panel discussions, Power Point presentations and 30 minutes of Qi Gong exercises specifically geared towards people living with hepatitis C.

About five million Americans are infected with HCV, making hepatitis C the most common chronic blood-borne viral illness in the U.S. HCV is the leading cause of chronic liver disease and liver cancer in the U.S. and the most common indication for liver transplantation. In January 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its report, "Hepatitis and Liver Cancer, A National Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis." The committee found that many health care providers lack an adequate knowledge of HCV and that chronic hepatitis C patients are often confused about their treatment and disease management options.

The DVD series addresses these knowledge gaps by providing a shorter version of the book, Hepatitis C Choices, 4th Edition. The book presents evidence-based conventional and alternative treatment options and is the collective effort of leading medical experts and hepatitis C patient advocates. It is still the only book, and now DVD, of its kind.

"I was scared and did not know which way to turn when I was diagnosed with hepatitis C. I had a lot of unanswered questions," said Randy Dietrich, Board Chair of the Caring Ambassadors Program. "This information combined with the book was what I wanted to make an informed decision about my care."

The Caring Ambassadors Program produced "Hepatitis C: Choices in Care" to educate the public and health care community about hepatitis C. CAP believes it is vitally important that everyone with hepatitis C virus (HCV) know their disease status and have accurate and ample information to make the best health care decisions. Education is essential for making informed choices and taking charge of one's health.

"Hepatitis C: Choices in Care" is available for free viewing at the Caring Ambassadors Program Hepatitis C website at http://www.hepcchallenge.org/. The entire DVD series "Hepatitis C: Choices in Care" can also be purchased for $10.00 plus shipping and handling.

Lorren Sandt


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