Complementary Therapies

Some complementary medicine may help relieve certain symptoms of cancer, relieve side effects of cancer treatment or improve a patient's sense of well-being. At the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center we make the following complementary therapy available to our patients.

Art and Healing

Art-Therapist-Margaret-Carpenter-Arnett-100-2First and third Mondays of each month, 2 – 4 p.m. in the Safeway Conference Room (third floor) at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center in Mount Vernon. Our knowledgeable instructor has been doing art therapy with cancer patients for over ten years. Creating art may reduce anxiety and stress plus improve emotional well-being. It is a great opportunity to process and integrate the challenges of serious illness and treatment. Please note that artistic “skills” are not required! Instructor: Margaret Carpenter Arnett, BSN, ATR.

Nutrition

Good nutrition can assist in aiding tolerance to treatment, enhance energy level and support the immune system. There is a myriad of information regarding cancer and nutrition available in print and via the Internet. Please proceed with caution and be aware that our center can provide a professional opinion on your current resources. Please ask your physician or nurse for a referral or call 360-814-2435.

For additional information about healthy eating through cancer treatment visit American Institute for Cancer Research and American Cancer Society.

Thinking About Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Guide For People With Cancer

For additional information about Complementary Therapies visit National Cancer Institute. The NCI publishes a free booklet titled Thinking About Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Guide For People With Cancer.