Finding a Better Treatment Is about Access
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.
Akron General participates in National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored clinical trials, as well as pharmaceutical industry sponsored trials. Membership in six NCI cooperative groups provides our patients with access to a wide menu of clinical trials. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the accrediting body for cancer centers nationwide recommends a 6% accrual rate for commendation status. We have annually met or exceeded that benchmark.
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.
Our experienced oncology and hematology professionals provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. We offer some of the newest 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.
We also offer some of the newest diagnostic procedures and technologies available in Northeast Ohio, such as stereotactic breast biopsy, which requires only a small incision and can be done on an outpatient basis. CT scans are now even easier and faster with a 16-slice Computer-aided Tomography (CT) scanner. Technologists can take scans critical for diagnosis and staging in roughly half the time - just 15 seconds or less, instead of 30 or 40.
Caring and Comprehensive
From diagnosis through treatment, our caring and comprehensive staff remains dedicated to individualized treatment and support of the patient. Since 1980, our Cancer Registry has followed 96% of patients having cancer treatment at Akron General Medical Center to help study the long-term benefits and effects of different therapies. It also serves as a reminder for both patients and their doctors to schedule regular exams, so any recurrence can be detected early on. Through the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), Akron General is an accredited Teaching Category Cancer Program.
A multi-disciplinary team of physicians, genetics counselors, pain management specialists and pharmacists collaborate regularly on complex cases. This team approach, offers a comprehensive range of knowledge in diagnosis, staging and treatment - and ultimately better continuity of care.
Each year, we provided nearly 30,000 treatments such as cancer-related surgeries, radiation therapy and more. Patients chose Akron General more than 14,000 times for outpatient therapies, including chemotherapy, infusions and injections which to help boost the body's immune system in fighting cancer.
Our outpatient treatment center receives high marks from patients and family members by providing the highest level of care possible and a comfortable and unique relaxation area for patients and family members while waiting.
Sometimes after surgery or other types of cancer treatment, physical and occupational therapy helps patients regain control of their lives. Through Akron General and Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, patients can receive outpatient occupational and physical therapy at one of our ten Northeast Ohio community locations in Akron, Green, Hudson, Lakemore, Mogadore, Stow, Tallmadge and West Akron.
Growing to Meet the Needs of the Community
Located on the first floor of the Medical Center's Physician Office Building at Akron General's main campus, the McDowell Cancer Institute's outpatient treatment center is newly expanded and offers a comfortable waiting area near chemotherapy and special procedures. New to our Ohio cancer center is a medical resource center where patients and their families can find helpful information and resources.
Dedicated to Prevention and Cancer Education
Treating cancer, but also providing community prevention and education to the residents of Northeast Ohio are all a part of the McDowell Cancer Institute's mission. The Center's Research Department continues to increase efforts and offerings in placing patients who are at risk for cancer in clinical research trials focusing on prevention and early detection.
Muffins for Mammograms
For over a decade, Akron General and the Main Street Gourmet have teamed up to host Muffins for Mammograms - an annual program which distributes breast health information along with muffins, cookies and brownies. The proceed provide screening mammograms at no cost to women who are uninsured. Since 1992, the program has raised more than $100, 000 and paid for mammograms for several thousand women. This program is partially funded by The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Northeast Ohio Affiliate.
Other Muffins for Mammograms partnering sponsors include: WQMX 94.9FM through its annual fundraiser, Bosom Buddies, Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio.com, and the Summit County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. If you are in need of a screening mammogram and would like more information, call 330-344-BRST (2778). For women who have no insurance, and are in need of a diagnostic mammogram, call Akron General's Social Work Department at 330-344-6880.