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Pathways to Wellness Supportive Cancer Care Programming

Pathways to Wellness is a series of support programs and classes offered at Summa. Proven beneficial to both patients and their families, Summa Cancer Institute’s supportive services include:

  • Nurse Navigators/Care Coordinators. These are specially trained nurses who serve as care coordinators, and are available to help cancer patients navigate their treatment and experience from diagnosis through long-term survivorship.
  • Behavioral Health. The Summa Cancer Institute has a licensed behavioral health counselor on staff that is focused on the treatment and care of cancer patients and their loved ones.
  • Financial Counseling. In addition to an individualized care plan, cancer patients balance the financial management of treatment. To reduce this additional burden, our patients have full access to free financial counseling through the Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center at Summa’s Akron City Hospital. During your initial consultation, a financial coordinator will provide you with guidance about health insurance, government programs, financial assistance programs and advocacy if needed. For qualifying uninsured patients, we offer assistance through state and local programs  as well as though the Summa e-Recovery Program to help reimburse the cost of medications given during your treatment.
Daily Financial Counseling appointments are available at Cooper Cancer Center in Suite 296. Hours are: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call (330) 375-6111.
  • Nutrition Counseling. Good nutrition is essential to keep patients strong to allow cancer treatment to continue uninterrupted. To assist, a registered dietitian is available through patient self referral for consultation and meal plan development.
  • Physical Occupational Therapy. Therapists are STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) certified and specially trained to understand therapy needs for cancer patients. Each patient receives a customized treatment program with the goal of maintaining their independence. Often covered by major insurance plans, a physician referral is needed for these physical occupational therapy services.
  • Social Work/Emotional Support. Patients and their family members have access to a licensed social worker who specializes in the practical care and service of cancer patients. Our social worker helps patients and their loved ones adjust to the changes caused by a cancer diagnosis, such as emotional support, education and referrals to other resources within the Institute and greater community.
  • Oncology Support Groups. Support group sessions can provide patients the opportunity to meet and talk with others having similar cancer-related experiences. Sessions are available at Summa’s Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center and Parkview Center at Summa Barberton Hospital campus. 
  • Palliative Care. Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of cancer patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness. Support is offered through early identification and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual. It is useful at any stage of an advanced illness and can be provided simultaneously with other treatments.
  • Susan Deveny Pavloff Cancer Resource Library. Located at the Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center, the Library provides cancer patients and their families with additional information and resources, whether it is to seek more information about combating cancer’s side effects or free internet use for patients to do their own research.
  • Wig Bank. The American Cancer Society offers free wigs to cancer patients in partnership with the Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center. To request an appointment, please call (330) 375-6867.