Learning that you or someone you love has cancer can be one of the most difficult things you'll ever go through. Seeking out a hospital with caring, compassionate cancer specialists doesn't need to be another challenge. The experts at Cleveland Clinic Akron General's McDowell Cancer Institute understand the concerns and needs of patients and their families. The experienced team of oncology and hematology cancer specialists work together with a multi-disciplinary team to take cancer treatment to the next level – they treat the patient, not the disease – with both inpatient and outpatient care.
Types of cancer treated at Akron General includes, but is not limited to: breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, brain cancer, skin cancer, Hodgkin's Disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, leukemia, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, multiple myeloma, pancreatic cancer and more.
We offer some of the newest radiation therapies, such as intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), used to treat tumors in higher doses with less risk of damage to normal tissue. Short-course partial breast irradiation, MammoSite Radiation Therapy System (MammoSite RTS),is also available for selected patients with early stage breast cancer, as well as stereotactic body radiation therapy and other stereotactic radiation therapies.
Akron General participates in National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored clinical trials, as well as pharmaceutical industry sponsored trials. Participation in NCI groups provides our patients with access to a wide menu of clinical trials. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), the accrediting body for cancer centers nationwide recommends an 8 percent accrual rate for commendation status. We have annually met or exceeded that benchmark. The McDowell Cancer Institute is proud to be a member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) - the leading national multidisciplinary organization which defines quality cancer care.
Growing to Meet the Needs of the Community
Located on the first floor of the Physician Office Building at Akron General, the McDowell Cancer Institute's outpatient treatment center offers a comfortable waiting area near the medical oncologists’ office. We also offer outpatient therapy at our Health & Wellness Centers, with locations in Bath, Green and Stow. With adjoining medical oncology offices on site at all three locations, we are able to provide access to services for patients living in neighboring communities who want care close by.
Dedicated to Prevention and Cancer Education
The McDowell Cancer Institute's mission is to not only treat cancer, but to also provide community prevention, education and screening for the residents of Northeast Ohio. We participate in surveys designed to assess the health needs of our community with the goal of improving overall health. Since cancer is always a top concern, our prevention, early detection and screening programs are tailored to meet these needs. Our community outreach activities are evaluated, documented and reported to the Commission on Cancer annually.
For more than two decades, Akron General and Main Street Gourmet have teamed up to host Muffins for Mammograms - an annual program which distributes breast health and education information along with muffins. The proceeds provide screening mammograms at no cost to women who are uninsured or underinsured.
Other Muffins for Mammograms partnering sponsors include: WQMX 94.9FM through its annual fundraiser, Bosom Buddies, Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, Akron Racers, Panera and WKYC and individual donors. If you are in need of a screening mammogram and would like more information, call 330.344.BRST (2778).
* Muffins for Mammograms ® is a trademark of Main Street Gourmet, Inc. and is used under license by Cleveland Clinic Akron General. All money raised by or through, or donated to, the Muffins for Mammograms program is managed and distributed by Cleveland Clinic Akron General Foundation to provide mammograms to women in the community.
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The search for a doctor or surgeon for cancer care can be overwhelming, but Akron General is home to the McDowell Cancer Institute. Our physicians, surgeons and staff are here to help deliver exceptional care with some of the latest cancer treatments available.
Patients are usually referred to cancer doctors or surgeons by their primary care physician. If you or a loved one has a diagnosis of cancer, talk to your doctor about treatment options and about a referral to the Akron General McDowell Cancer Institute. Located in downtown Akron, our Cancer Institute is a convenient facility for residents of Summit, Medina or Portage County and surrounding areas. Our comprehensive team of physicians, specialists, nurses, social workers and counselors are the best in their fields, and they're here to help you through cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Patients are usually referred to cancer or surgical specialists by their doctors. If you or a loved one have a diagnosis of cancer, talk to your doctor about treatment options and about seeing the cancer care team at Akron General's McDowell Cancer Institute.
For questions, call 330.344.6453.
Outpatient Cancer Treatment Center & Infusion Services
Physician's Office Building
224 West Exchange Street
Akron, OH 44302
Health & Wellness Center, Green
1940 Town Park Boulevard
Uniontown, OH 44685
Health & Wellness Center, Stow
4302 Allen Road, Ste. 220
Stow, OH 44224
Health & Wellness Center, Bath
4125 Medina Road, Ste. 200C
Akron, OH 44333
1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, OH 44307
(Located next to our Emergency Department, downtown Akron. Valet parking is free.)
Reflections Breast Health Center
Ambulatory Care Center
1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, OH 44307
Treating the Person, Not the Cancer
A cancer diagnosis affects more than just your health. At Akron General’s McDowell Cancer Institute, we understand what our patients and their families are facing following their diagnosis. We extend a helping hand to each and every one of our cancer patients through our multi-disciplinary team, which includes nurses, a caring and trained resource counselor, a reimbursement specialist and a survivorship nurse. Our team is always happy to answer questions and help patients navigate the treatment process. To talk to a team member, please call 330.344.HOPE (4673).
Here for our Patients through the Cancer Journey
Together with the medical and support staff, our resource counselors are there for patients from the very beginning. We meet with newly-diagnosed patients to help them begin the process.
During the initial meeting, a resource counselor provides patients with helpful information. We encourage patients to complete an evaluation screening, which helps both the patient and the resource counselor identify potential areas of concern. Based on the screening or at the patient’s request, the resource counselor can provide assistance across multiple areas including:
- Review of patient and family support system
- Providing information about the psychosocial impact of cancer
- Providing or referring counseling to individuals and families
- Providing assistance with insurance or coordination of benefits questions
- A reimbursement specialist assists with evaluating insurance benefits, coverage and out-of-pocket expenses to identify opportunities for assistance
- Providing information about disability or work-related concerns, such as FMLA or Social Security
- Providing crisis intervention when needed
- Assist with completing Advanced Directives
- Assisting with difficult-to-solve practical problems
- Providing information and education about the health care system
- Identifying appropriate resources and linkages within the community
Throughout the treatment process, our resource counselors assists patients and their families with any questions regarding emotional, spiritual, financial, practical or other supportive needs. Overall, resource counselors aim to remove as much stress or uncertainty as possible from the treatment process, which allows the patient to focus on getting well.
Look Good...Feel Better®
Akron General's McDowell Cancer Center Institute offers this free American Cancer Society program to help women offset appearance changes due to cancer treatment. Two-hour, hands-on workshops led by a trained cosmetologist cover skin care, makeup application, nail care and style tips. Participants receive personal attention and a complimentary cosmetic kit (for cancer patients only). Free parking. Please call 800.227.2345 to register and pick a location, date and time convenient for you.
Affiliation with National and Local Support Resources
Akron General offers resources to help patients and their families through the cancer journey. By working with these organizations, we can help extend our resources:
- American Cancer Society
- Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio
- Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation
- Info Line Community Resource Directory
- Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Stewart's Caring Place
Continued Support through Survivorship, after Cancer
Once a patient’s treatment is finished, making the transition from cancer patient back to a normal routine can be tough. That’s why the support doesn’t end with a patient’s final appointment. A trained survivorship nurse works closely with the physician, patients and their families following their final treatment to develop an individualized care plan. The plan also details each patient's treatment for future reference and offers post-treatment recommendations.
If you have questions or would like to discuss any concerns, please call 330.344.HOPE (4673) to talk to a team member.
Akron General's McDowell Cancer Institute provides patients with access to care quickly. We also offer the newest therapies, diagnostics and surgical techniques to help minimize side effects and improve outcomes. As a research site with national clinical trials, we offer treatment options that may help extend and improve lives. The McDowell Cancer Institute is a main member of NRG Oncology. It is a non-profit research organization formed to conduct oncologic clinical research and is funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The McDowell Cancer Institute also has access to the Cancer Trails Support Unit (CTSU) menu of clinical trials. CTSU is also a service of the NCI designed to facilitate access to NCI-funded clinical trials. We also participate in pharmaceutical and in-house investigator-initiated studies.
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For more information about options available, please contact the McDowell Cancer Institute Research Department at 330.344.6348.
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Cleveland Clinic Akron General McDowell Cancer Institute Public Reporting of Outcomes
Each year, the McDowell Cancer Institute distributes an outcomes report for the public related to patients or programs. The content is required to be related to one or more of the following areas: cancer prevention, screening events, accountability measures, quality improvement or monitoring compliance with evidence-based guidelines. The intent of this report is to demonstrate results of what we do each year.
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