At Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital’s Cancer Center, we are dedicated to delivering the very best cancer care in the community setting. Mercy Hospital is one of only 16 cancer centers in the nation to earn the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award four or more times in a row.
Our physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and support staff give compassionate care, assurance, and comfort throughout cancer treatment and survivorship. A cancer diagnosis may bring you to Mercy Hospital, but our team of caregivers will make you want to stay.
Overcoming cancer can be a long process. At a community-based cancer center like Mercy, we provide access to local, affordable care, keeping you close to your home, your family, and your support system while lessening the burden of this disease.
How Our Nurse Navigators Guide You Through the Process
Every cancer patient at Mercy receives help and guidance from one of our cancer nurse navigators. Based at our main hospital campus in Canton, Ohio, nurse navigators meet you where you are in your cancer journey and help you take the next step. We are always looking out for you.
Available at any point during and even after active cancer care, cancer nurse navigators answer questions, organize care, and provide access to cancer assistance services and a cancer support community. Sometimes, a navigator is a shoulder to cry on when you need it most.
Cancer nurse navigator services at Mercy Hospital are free of charge. No referral is needed. To speak with one of our Nurse Navigators, please call 330.430.2788.
Get Access to National Cancer Research
Through our many affiliations, we offer cancer patients the opportunity to be part of national cancer research through clinical trials. In addition, we actively look for trials that will benefit the patients we care for.
These trials are used to not only to test new cancer treatments, but also to find new ways to diagnose, prevent and manage cancer and its symptoms.
Mercy Hospital Helps You Overcome Barriers to Cancer Care
In keeping with the hospital’s long-standing mission, our cancer care center also assists patients overcome barriers to care. From financial concerns to lack of transportation, we strive to help every patient receive the treatment they need.
Cancer Programs & Therapy Options for Patients
At Mercy Hospital, we offer a number of different cancer programs:
- Breast Care Center
- Hematology & Oncology
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Lung Center and Screenings
- Radiation Therapy
In addition to our cancer programs, we provide complementary therapy options for patients. We believe in complementing conventional medical care by integrating all aspects of healing through strengthening the body, educating the mind, and nurturing hope and courage. That’s why we offer a wide range of therapies that can help relieve symptoms, ease treatment side effects, reduce anxiety and improve quality of life.
These therapies are available at no cost or for a very nominal fee, thanks to the support of practitioners who volunteer their time, the backing of Mercy Hospital, and the generosity of individuals, corporate donors and foundation grants. Patients are encouraged to discuss their involvement with their physicians. Our therapy offerings include:
- Guided imagery.
- Essential oils.
- Cancer WellFit program.
Mercy Cancer WellFit
Most medical research, including the U.S. Attorney General’s Report on Physical Activity, agrees that exercise is a large part of improving and maintaining one’s health. Similar research now supports many of these same activities for individuals undergoing cancer treatment.
As you may be well aware, there are potentially many side effects to cancer treatment such as fatigue, nausea, loss of strength/flexibility, weight gain, anxiety and depression. Exercise can help you return to your life and all of its activities. Studies have shown that patients participating in a routine exercise program can experience improvement of their strength by up to 50 percent, aerobic capacity up to 60 percent, and a general improvement of their quality of life.
Mercy’s Cancer WellFit provides:
- Cancer-specific exercise program, not a general “one size fits all” approach.
- Fully educated and trained fitness staff that understand the special needs of cancer patients.
- Ability of participants to work out with others with similar conditions.
- Access to other professionals, e.g. Registered Dietitian, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and staff from the Mercy Cancer Center.
- A chance to take control of your life.
The Cancer WellFit Program offers the following program options:
- Cardiovascular fitness/strength program.
- Aquatic programs.
The fees associated with these options vary. Please call Mercy’s Health Fitness Center at 330.966.8997 for more information or a tour of our facility.
How do I get started?
Before joining the Center, you need to seek a referral from your physician or oncologist. Download our Physician Referral Form.
After you have a referral from your physician, please call the Health & Fitness Center at 330.966.8997 to make an appointment for an initial intake assessment and orientation.
Clinical research trials answer specific questions about new ways to improve cancer care and to assess the safety and efficacy of new approaches to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat cancer. Standard cancer treatments used today are the direct result of clinical trials of the past. Often, enrollment in a clinical trial can provide access to other therapies that might not otherwise be available for the treatment of certain cancers. Trials may utilize a newly developed drug, or even a drug that has already been approved as treatment for a different type of cancer.
At Mercy Hospital’s Cancer Center, we participate in national cancer research through our affiliation with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), Clinical Trials Support Unit (CTSU), Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and pharmaceutical sponsored trials.
- For Physicians: View active Cancer Clinical Trials
- For Patients: View active Cancer Clinical Trials
All women are at risk for breast cancer. However, statistics show that although breast cancer incidence among African American women is relatively low, their mortality rate is much higher compared to women of other races. To help reverse this trend, Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital adopted a local chapter of the African American Women Nurturing and Giving Each Other Life (ANGEL) Network in 2005.
Mercy Hospital’s ANGEL Network focuses on reducing the number of breast cancer deaths among area African American women through early-detection programs, screening access and breast health education. Modeled after a successful program originating in Colorado Springs, the network is supported in part by a grant from the Northeast Ohio affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Approximately 75 locally trained “ANGELs” are spreading lifesaving messages about appropriate breast care.
For more information about our ANGEL Network, please call 330.580.4727.
The jolt of a cancer diagnosis is more than a medical incident, and the struggle against the disease entails more than a medical fight. That’s why the health care teams at Mercy Cancer Center offer you and your family compassion as well as clinical expertise.
Compassionate care is central to Mercy Hospital’s Cancer Center. Our mission emphasizes care and respect for you as an individual and concern for your safety and well-being.
Building on our strong tradition of compassion, we reach out to you and your family members, friends and caregivers to offer truly comprehensive, supportive care services, including:
- Dedicated nurse navigators for lung, breast, colon, and gynecologic cancer
- Monthly cancer support group
- Registered dietitians
- Lymphedema therapy
- Rehabilitation services
- Complementary therapies
- Educational resources
- Transportation services
- Pastoral care for spiritual support
- Seeds of Hope grief and loss support group
- Hospice and palliative care
- Pain management
- Mercy Boutique
Treating the Whole Person
Not only is your physical life affected with cancer, but your emotional, social, spiritual and financial life can be affected as well. It is not wrong to be concerned about these other areas as well as your physical state. Coping is taking care of your whole self. At Mercy Hospital, we strive to help you take care of your whole self.
In addition to our comprehensive support services, we also offer:
- Cancer Information Line: Our cancer information line is a free public service that provides personal and confidential answers to your questions. Whether you are a current or former cancer patient, a caregiver, a family member or a friend, Mercy Cancer Center offers supportive services that can help you understand and deal better with a cancer diagnosis. Contact us locally at 330.430.2788 or toll free at 1.888.293.4673.
- Cancer Resource Library: Visit our library that contains an extensive collection of books, videos, CDs and pamphlets on various cancer-related topics. The latest information can be accessed through the Internet at a computer terminal available for patron use. Cancer Center staff is available to assist with researching specific materials and information. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Other hours available by appointment.
- Cancer Survivor’s Garden: Visit the garden located along the southern half of the walking path at Price Park in North Canton. Take time to sit on the park bench and reflect. The garden was developed and planted collaboratively by the Mercy Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society in honor and memory of those touched by cancer and is now maintained each year by Cancer Center staff and volunteers. Designed in the shape of half a heart, the garden encompasses the healing colors of purple, white and pink. Let the healing quality of nature give you a brief respite from life’s challenges.
- Cancer Support Group: If you are among the 1.3 million Americans diagnosed with cancer every year, you don’t have to face it alone. Whether you’re a current or former cancer patient, a caregiver, family member or friend, Mercy Hospital’s free cancer support group can make a difference for you.
Share the daily challenges and ease the stress of cancer diagnosis and treatment with others who are experiencing similar circumstances on the second Thursday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the cancer center resource library. The support group also offers guest speakers, films and related discussions. The group is facilitated by nurses who are specially trained to support cancer patients.
For more information or reservations for this free support group, please call 330.430.2788 or 1.888.2WE.HOPE (1.888.293.4673).
Mercy Hospital Boutique
When illness takes a toll on our physical bodies, it can make an impact emotionally as well. The loss of control in appearance-related issues can have a direct effect on self-esteem and confidence. The Mercy Boutique, located on Mercy’s main campus in Canton, Ohio, was created as a sanctuary of hope and healing for cancer survivors and individuals with other medical conditions. Our professional, compassionate staff will assist you in a private, soothing environment. Mercy Boutique is housed inside the Cancer Center / Surgery Center. Parking is available at our 12th Street entrance.
Breast Prosthetics, Mastectomy Bras & Partial Breast Forms
At Mercy Boutique, you can choose from a full line of breast forms and prostheses, mastectomy bras and post-surgery camisoles. We offer lightweight, non-custom products from industry leaders, such as Amoena, American Breast Care, Jodee, Anita and TruLife.
All mastectomy bras come with pockets to hold the many different styles and shapes of breast prosthesis options. Surgical and specialty bras, including those recommended for use with radiation therapy and those adapted for women who lack finger dexterity, are also available.
Certified mastectomy fitter Cynthia McCrae is available to assist you by appointment.
Mercy Boutique also offers partial breast forms and enhancers to provide balance and fill in deficits left by lumpectomies. When medically necessary, these products are covered by Medicare and most insurances.
Bra Fittings for All Women
If finding a bra that fits well is a challenge for you, visit Mercy Boutique. Our certified fitters can help any woman who has balance issues, range-of-motion problems or simply need to find a great fitting bra. You can shop from a large selection of styles, sizes and colors.
Turbans, Wigs & Styling
If you’ve experienced medically induced hair loss, we can help. We carry a wide selection of wigs from quality brands — including Rachel Welch, Gabor and Salon Silhouette — and offer accessories. Our extensive line of wigs, hats, scarves and turbans are available in a variety of sizes and colors.
Compression Products for Lymphedema Care and Leg Health
For lymphedema that may result from cancer treatment or other conditions, we offer a complete line of custom-made and standard compression stockings, sleeves, gloves and gauntlets to meet your needs. If you have varicose veins or spider veins, compression stockings from Juzo provide external support to vein walls and help minimize and control leg and ankle swelling.
Cancer Awareness and Gift Items
At Mercy Boutique, you can also find a selection of cancer awareness and cancer-related items, candles, unique clothing, seasonal gifts and gifts for all occasions.
For more information, please call 330.456.9960 or visit us in-person:
Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital - Mercy Boutique
1320 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708
At Mercy Hospital’s Cancer Center, our exceptional team of cancer doctors have been treating patients in our community for many years.
Their skill and dedication are a major reason why we are one of only 16 cancer centers in the nation to earn the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award four or more times in a row.
Meet Our Physicians
- Edward J. Walsh, MD - Medical Director, Mercy Cancer Center; Mercy Radiation Therapy
Oncology and Hematology
- Mitchell Haut, MD - Mercy Hematology and Oncology Associates; Internist, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist
- Nagaprasad Nagajothi, MD - Oncologist and Hematologist
- Noman Rafique, MD - Oncologist and Hematologist
- Aida Safar, MD - Pathologist
Pulmonology and Critical Care
- Salman Khan, DO - Pulmonologist and Critical Care Medicine
- Thomas L. Vesy, MD - Radiologist
- Russell L. Ramey, MD, FACS - Surgical Director, Mercy Cancer Center
Hematology & Oncology
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with a cancer, you can trust Mitchell Haut, MD, and Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital’s Hematology and Oncology Associates for knowledgeable, thoughtful, compassionate care close to home.
Dr. Haut has been providing care in the Canton area since 1995. He specializes in a full range of comprehensive cancer therapies, including hormonal, targeted, immune, chemotherapy and supportive care. In addition, Dr. Haut’s active involvement in clinical trials provides patients with opportunities to benefit from the most advanced therapies available.
At our Hematology and Oncology Associates office, you will receive personalized care that is coordinated with all the specialists on your treatment team.
Dr. Haut is currently accepting new patients. To request an appointment, please call 330.453.9993.
Mercy Hospital Hematology and Oncology Associates office is located at:
1455 Harrison Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44708.
To refer a patient, please call 330.489.1333 or 1.800.223.8662 (toll-free).
In partnership with Summa Health, Mercy Hospital’s Cancer Center offers gynecologic oncology, an integrated, specialized approach to the diagnosis and treatment of women’s reproductive system cancers.
Why choose Mercy Hospital for Gynecologic Oncology?
When you choose Mercy Hospital, your care will be overseen by a team of cancer specialists who offer the latest treatment options for gynecologic cancers, including:
- Cervical cancer.
- Ovarian cancer.
- Pelvic masses.
- Uterine cancer.
- Vaginal cancer.
- Vulvar cancer.
Our gynecologic oncologists collaborate with physicians who specialize in hematology/oncology and radiation oncology, ensuring you receive a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan, which may include advanced laparoscopic and robotic gynecology surgery.
Our Gynecologic Oncologists
- Stephen Andrews, MD - Originally from North Canton, Dr. Andrews attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. After serving with the U.S. Army, Dr. Andrews completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology. He has received several teaching awards and Elite Patient Service awards from Summa Health System and is an accomplished robotic surgeon. His specialty interests include advanced laparascopic and robotic gynecology surgery.
- Robin Laskey, MD - Dr. Laskey grew up in the Cleveland area and earned her medical degree at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and her internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Her specialty interests include gynecologic surgery, laparoscopic gynecology surgery, and laparoscopic robotic surgery.
Appointments & Location
To make an appointment with one of our gynecologic oncologists, please call 330.379.3514. Our offices are located at Mercy Hospital's Cancer Center:
Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital - Cancer Center
1320 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708
To refer a patient, please call 330.489.1333 or 1.800.223.8662 (toll-free).
Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of care for suspicious, benign and malignant lung conditions while supporting you and your family through the often overwhelming process of determining a diagnosis and initiating appropriate treatment.
Our dedicated team of physicians and health care professionals work together to ensure the best possible care. This team approach leads to thorough and timely evaluation, treatment and follow-up, all the while keeping your primary care physician actively in the loop.
Simply put, our goal is to get you a diagnosis earlier, give you the greatest opportunity for a successful outcome and to provide supportive and compassionate care. Our approach is based on the understanding that a suspicious finding or actual lung cancer creates much anxiety and stress. Our multidisciplinary approach to care provides a coordinated team of pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and nurses.
At our Lung Center, we are here to you navigate a possible lung cancer diagnosis by providing:
- Diagnosis and evaluation by our multidisciplinary team of lung cancer experts.
- A dedicated lung nurse navigator to help you through the process.
- Access to groundbreaking research at Cleveland Clinic and clinical trials.
- Comprehensive lung cancer education and support.
For questions, or to learn more about Mercy Hospital’s Lung Center, please call 330.458.4214 to speak with our Lung Nurse Navigator.
Low-Dose CT Lung Screenings
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women worldwide. Mercy Hospital offers a low-dose CT lung screening, which can help save lives for those at high risk for developing lung cancer. Through this early detection screening, we can save lives.
Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we know that CT lung screening can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer. Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is quick, easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. Mercy Hospital’s Lung Center, a program of our Cancer Center, is determined to raise awareness and improve access to this screening for all people at high risk.
- Request a Low-dose CT lung cancer screening by calling 330.489.1300
You may qualify for a low-dose lung screening at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital if you meet the following criteria:
- You are between 55 and 77 years old.
- You are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years.
- And you have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years.
Schedule a Screening
If you think you meet the criteria, request a low-dose CT lung screening using our online form or call 330.489.1300 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will need to complete a brief questionnaire to confirm that you qualify. For your convenience, we offer these screenings at multiple locations in Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties.
Please note: You do not have to be a Mercy Hospital patient to receive this screening, but you must obtain an order from your primary care physician for the testing. For more information, please contact our Lung Nurse Navigator at 330.458.4214.
Frequently Asked Questions About CT Lung Screenings
What is a CT lung screening (LDCT)?
Computerized tomography (CT) screening uses special X-ray technology to obtain image data from different angles around the body and then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross section for body tissues and organs.
What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?
The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat.
How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?
Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are at high risk.
How is the exam performed?
LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The exam takes less than 10 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed, as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least six seconds while the chest scan is being taken.
What happens if the LDCT shows an abnormal finding?
All results from your LDCT lung screening are forwarded to your primary care physician. Our Lung Center will review your findings and recommend follow-up care based on national clinical guidelines. Our Lung Team, consisting of dedicated medical experts and a Lung Nurse Navigator, is committed to prompt and personalized care whether it is offering reassurance about benign findings or providing expert follow-up care for suspicious results.
Smoking Cessation Programs
If you’ve tried to quit smoking in the past, keep trying! Each attempt will help you reach your goal. Millions of people have quit smoking. You can too! Mercy Hospital’s Tobacco Cessation program has many resources to help you quit. For more information, please call 330.430.2759 or visit our Pulmonary Services page.
Over half of all cancer patients receive some radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, as part of their treatment. Most commonly used to treat many types of skin cancers, radiotherapy can also be effective in treating certain stages of cervical, uterine, breast and prostate cancer, as well as some types of leukemia and lymphoma. Radiation may also be used in conjunction with cancer-fighting drugs or to alleviate cancer symptoms.
In the spirit of our mission, our radiation therapy providers at Mercy Hospital create a friendly, caring atmosphere for patients. Patients are encouraged to express their needs and concerns and be assured that staff members will listen and respond promptly and with consideration, minimizing patient anxiety and wait time.
Our Radiation Therapy offers state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable and bright setting. The center is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of radiation oncologists, oncology-certified nurses, physicists, dosimetrists, and radiation therapists to deliver a variety of radiation therapies. These include:
- 3-D Conformal.
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT).
- Image-guided Radiation Therapy.
- 4-D CT Scanning.
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT).
Our state-of-art equipment includes:
- Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator.
- 16-slice Wide-Bore Philips CT Simulator.
Appointments & Location
To make an appointment with one of our gynecologic oncologists, please call 330.489.1278. Our radiation therapy offices are located at Mercy Hospital's Cancer Center:
Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital - Cancer Center
1320 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708