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 Research & Clinical Trials

Helping Yourself — And Others

If you’d like to explore additional possibilities for the treatment of cancer — either to help yourself today or others in the future — we can provide that option. Carris Health Cancer Center, as part of the Metro Minnesota Community Research Consortium (MMCORC), a non-profit research program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), offers access to various clinical trials or research studies.

Clinical trials are conducted for cancer prevention, treatment, and control, which includes symptom management, toxicity reduction, supportive and palliative care, and quality of life research.

Since its inception in 1983, the MMCORC has linked community cancer specialists, primary care physicians and other health care professionals to NCI-approved research studies, called clinical trials. In our community, many patients are enrolled in NCI-sponsored treatment studies and cancer prevention and symptom management studies.

Advances in the prevention and treatment of cancer and controlling the side effects of cancer treatment depend on information gained from well-conducted national clinical trials. Improvements in survival and prevention for many types of cancer are due to the widespread acceptance of treatment advances confirmed in clinical trials.

There are many reasons people choose to participate in clinical trials:

  • To receive a new treatment for their cancer.
  • To receive a new treatment to manage the side effects of their cancer treatment.
  • To participate in new methods to prevent or detect cancer.
  • To contribute to the medical knowledge for improving cancer care and helping future patients.

Clinical trials are approved by the National Cancer Institute and include the highest standard of care. If you’re interested and would like to learn more about eligibility for a clinical trial, please inform your cancer care coordinator.

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