Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Cancer Alternative Therapies

Giving You a Chance to Heal on All Fronts

When you’re undergoing treatment for cancer, you want to know that you’re giving your whole person-mind, body and spirit a chance to heal. Integrative medicine combines the science and technology of conventional cancer medicine with the holistic approach of complementary therapies to meet individual needs. Many cancer patients welcome integrative therapies into their cancer treatment plan as a way to improve overall health and quality of life.

Integrative Therapies

Your Cancer Care Coordinator can provide you with a variety of wellness resources and supportive care services that can help relieve your symptoms, reduce stress and promote healing. Some of these include acupuncture, massage, meditation and yoga.

Pet Therapy

Therapy dog visits may reduce loneliness by offering entertainment and distraction, and are often a welcome change from routine. This special therapy program is not a substitute for traditional health care. Instead, it enhances and complements the care prescribed by the healthcare team.

Aromatherapy Patches

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to improve health and wellbeing. There is some evidence that it might help with general well-being, anxiety and some side effects of cancer treatment. The Carris Health Cancer Center offers a variety of aromatherapy for patients undergoing cancer treatment.

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