Overview

Overview

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

Every cancer patient at Mercy Hospital 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.

Services

Services

Cancer Programs & Therapy Options for Patients

At Mercy Hospital, we offer a number of different cancer programs:

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:

  • Massage.
  • Reiki.
  • Yoga.
  • 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 Trials

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.

ANGEL Network

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.

Support Services

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 Hospital 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:

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 Hospital's 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 Hospital 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 Hospital 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 Hospital 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 Hospital 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 Hospital 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 Hospital 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 Hospital 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

Our Team

Our Team

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

Radiation Therapy

Gynecologic Oncology

Oncology and Hematology

Pathology

Pulmonology and Critical Care

Radiology

Surgery

General Surgeons

Nurse Navigators

Nurse Navigators

You do not have to feel alone. Reach out to a Mercy Hospital Cancer Nurse Navigator today. Call 330.430.2788.

What is a cancer nurse navigator?

A cancer nurse navigator provides support for cancer patients, guiding you and your loved ones through the sometimes confusing array of concerns that come with a cancer diagnosis.

Do I have to pay for a cancer nurse navigator?

Cancer help from a nurse navigator at Mercy Hospital is among our free services for cancer patients. We never charge a patient for nurse navigator assistance.

How can I access cancer help from a nurse navigator?

At Mercy Hospital, no referral is needed for cancer support from a nurse navigator. Call 330.430.2788 to speak to one of our nurse navigators or complete our online form.

How long will a nurse navigator provide me with cancer counseling?

Navigators are available to you at Mercy Hospital’s Cancer Center at any point in your cancer journey, from a pre-diagnosis screening to survivorship. They can help you organize your care, answer questions about your treatment or side effects, and help you access cancer assistance services and a cancer support community. Sometimes, a navigator is just a shoulder to cry on when you need it most.

I am concerned about paying for cancer screenings and treatment. Can a nurse navigator help me?

Perhaps you have a disconcerting symptom and need to have it evaluated. If you have risk factors such as smoking, or a strong family history of cancer, you may be especially worried about symptoms such as weight loss, cough, a new pain, or a lump you felt when showering. You might have a medical doctor to refer you to necessary services, and insurance to pay for a full evaluation. You might not.

Mercy Hospital Cancer Nurse Navigators are experts at finding services for cancer patients. They can help you access the screening and workup that you need to put your mind at ease or to confirm your suspicions. The navigator may also help you find a charitable organization or financial aid program so that you can afford necessary testing.

What are some examples of how a cancer patient navigator provides care at Mercy Hospital?

Our Nurse Navigators offer assistance for cancer patients on many levels.

On the day you have a test, you might be frightened. A cancer nurse navigator can hold your hand if needed. She may answer questions about what to expect. She will likely offer you emotional support as you anxiously await test results.

Maybe you don’t know how to talk to your children or the well-meaning people in your life who try to advise you. Your navigator will provide you with information on how to talk to others or even refer you to appropriate community services to help deal with complicated family dynamics.

You have to find the right doctor and treatment for you and your disease. Navigators can help. In addition to helping you locate the services you need, your navigator might help you find transportation for cancer patients that will get you to and from appointments, as well as co-pay assistance to help pay for your care.

Your navigator spends time explaining things to you in a way you can understand and will answer questions in terms you can relate to. That can include:

  • Helping you organize the stacks of medical paperwork and bills you are accumulating.
  • Explaining which medications treat which side effects.
  • Visiting you when side effects bring you to the hospital.
  • Connecting you with a case manager when you have new needs at home or with clinical trials staff to help you and your physician find innovative approaches to the treatment of your disease.
  • Referring you to Mercy’s complementary therapy program (services designed to help you deal with the stress of cancer), one of Mercy’s cancer support groups, or to a counselor adept at managing the unique emotional needs of the individual with cancer.
  • Helping you apply for short-term or long-term disability benefits, if necessary.

Do I have to see a Nurse Navigator all the time during treatment?

Your navigator is like a touchstone throughout the treatment process: answering questions, providing information and reassurance, supporting you each step of the way as much or as little as you require.

As you begin to settle into your treatment routine, you will become an expert at managing your cancer care. You may need your navigator less and less for the day to day management of your cancer. Your navigator’s goal is to help you through the process and give you the tools to help yourself.

What happens after I’m done with cancer treatment?

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) says “an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience and are therefore included in this definition.”

Your nurse navigator is available to support you throughout survivorship as you begin your “new normal” and may help you access a Survivorship Care Plan. This document is a summary of the treatment you have had. However, it is much more than that.

  • It is a surveillance guide, reminding you and your doctors what symptoms to watch for and what routine monitoring you will need.
  • The care plan is reassuring because it reminds you that you are not simply waiting. You are fighting your cancer, but you are fighting it differently. Now, you are pursuing a healthy lifestyle and focusing on recovery. These steps are just as important now as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery were when your cancer journey began.

No matter where you are in your cancer journey, we are here for you. Cancer Nurse Navigators are available to walk the journey with you, wherever it may lead, and however long it takes.

Hematology & Oncology

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
Suite 105
Canton, OH 44708.

Physician Referrals

To refer a patient, please call 330.489.1333 or 1.800.223.8662 (toll-free).

Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic Oncology

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
330.379.3514

Physician Referrals

To refer a patient, please call 330.489.1333 or 1.800.223.8662 (toll-free).

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

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 by calling 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.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy

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.
  • Brachytherapy.
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT).

Our state-of-art equipment includes:

  • Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator.
  • TomoTherapy.
  • 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