Total Cancer Care for Canton & Surrounding Communities
If cancer has touched your life or that of a loved one, you don’t have to face it alone.
At Mercy Cancer Center, compassion is our calling, and your safety and well-being is our primary concern. After cancer diagnosis, you will receive comprehensive, compassionate care to heal mind, body and spirit. Clinical trial, patient navigation services, multidisciplinary treatment teams and a wide range of support services are just a few of the many resources we offer to you and your family.
Our services include:
- Inpatient oncology unit and outpatient infusion center with specially trained nurses
- High-tech radiation therapy facilities that include wide-bore CT simulator, IMRT, TomoTherapy and seed implants
- Complete diagnostic imaging services, such as MRI, CT, ultrasound and PET/CT
- Endoscopy diagnostics
- Comprehensive laboratory and pathology services
- Access to national clinical research trials
- Cancer information and support services
- Screening, early detection and prevention education
- Outpatient infusion center with oncology certified nurses
- State-of-the-art surgical services, including minimally invasive robotic surgery for prostate, colon, thoracic and GYN cancers
- Dedicated breast care center and lung center
Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment Options
One of our greatest strengths at Mercy Cancer Center is our multidisciplinary approach to your care. To improve quality of life and meet your needs and those of your family, we bring together at team of health care professionals:
Mercy’s 17-bed oncology unit cares for patients admitted for chemotherapy, symptom management, testing and diagnosis, oncologic emergencies, radium implants, inpatient hospice and end-of-life care. The unit is staffed with specially trained oncology nurses that are Oncology Certified Nurses (OCN) or chemotherapy certified.
Patient care is managed by an interdisciplinary team that focuses on the needs of both the patient and family. The team includes physicians, nurses, dieticians, pastoral care, social workers, discharge planners and therapy personnel who offer physician, educational and emotional support. The oncology staff is tuned in to the little aspects that can make a hospitalization easier for patients and their loved ones.
The unit offers flexible visiting hours with comfortable sleep chairs for family members of critically ill patients. Patient rooms include a recently upgraded cable television selection and personal telephones with direct dial capabilities. A unique meal selection option called At Your Request allows patients to choose the foods they feel like eating at the time they feel like eating.
Outpatient Infusion Center
Mercy’s Outpatient Infusion Center is located just steps away from the Mercy Cancer Center entrance with dedicated parking and valet service available. The center has 14 beds and is designed to offer patient privacy with each cubicle providing a comfortable treatment recliner and a television.
A wide variety of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures are performed in the center, including lab studies, bone marrow biopsies, chemotherapy treatments, blood transfusions and various other intravenous treatments and injections.
The infusion center is staffed with oncology-certified registered nurses who work collaboratively with numerous hospital departments and physicians to provide comprehensive cancer care for both the patient and their family. Nurses not only provide expert patient care, but they also offer much needed educational and emotional support.
Mercy Outpatient Infusion Center is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm. Treatments ordered bya physician can easily be scheduled by contacting the Central Scheduling Office at 330-489-1300.
Staffed by 11 board-certified radiologists with many subspecialties – including musculoskeletal, cardiac and neuro – Mercy offers an advanced array of imaging tests utilized in the diagnosis of cancer.
- 5 Computed Tomography (CT), including 64-slice cardiac CT scanner.
- The only in-house PET/CT in Stark County.
- Ultrasound with the latest, most advanced software.
- 2 high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners.
- New, wide-bore 1.5 Tesla high-field MRI scanner, which can accomodate patients up to 450 pounds. This scanner has the capability of doing MRI-guided breast biopsies.
- Nuclear medicine scanners with the latest software upgrades.
Mercy currently offers the only in-house PET/CT in Stark County. PET/CT measures the metabolic processes in the body and fuses this with images of body structures. It has rapidly become a standard in cancer care because it allows physicians to make more accurate diagnoses, develop more targeted treatment plans and better monitor the effects of treatment. Due to the cost of the technology, many hospitals utilize mobile PET/CT units which visit the hospital intermittently. Because the technology is a critical tool in cancer care, Mercy has invested in a fixed unit. Having PET/CT on-site ensures cancer patients have rapid access to the needed testing.
Wide-bore, 1.5 Tesla High-field MRI Scanner with Breast Biopsy Capabilities
Our new MRI scanner will accommodate patients up to 450 pounds. It has a 70 cm wide bore that allows much more open space inside the bore, thereby alleviating feelings of claustrophobia and improving patient comfort. The scanner is equipped with a breast coil that allows for MRI-guided breast biopsies for lesions that are not visible on mammography or ultrasound.
Mercy Interventional Radiology Services provide a wide array of interventions to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. Services include gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, venous, arterial, hemodialysis, gynecologic and urinary interventions. Other interventions include oncologic biopsies and drainage, venous access and image-guided tumor ablations.
Clinical Laboratory & Pathology
Mercy Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, accredited by the College of American Pathologists and the American Association of Blood Banks, is a full-service laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation that provides rapid results to physicians. The anatomic pathology section offers routine testing and many special stains onsite to assist in differentiation of disease states and to identify the primary site of metastatic carcinomas. The laboratory is under the direction of Aida Safar, M.D., medical director, and includes pathologists Michael Doyle, M.D., Khatib Jafri, M.D., and Francisco Paras, Jr., M.D.
Rehab / Lymphedema Management
Rehabilitative Services offers comprehensive therapy for patients with the goals of improving function and independence. Specially trained and licensed therapists are available to assist patients in understanding and controlling lymphedema, a condition in which swelling occurs due to lymph nodes not functioning normally. Lymphedema may occur following surgery for the removal of lymph nodes, radiation injury or infection.
Consultations and referrals for lymphedema management can be arranged with a physician order by calling 330-489-1135.