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Support for You

Summa Health Cancer Institute offers several different support groups, all providing an opportunity to meet and talk with others who are having similar experiences coping with cancer. Patients, survivors, family members and friends are welcome.

Oncology Support Group

The purpose of the Oncology Support Group is to provide a supportive atmosphere where group members can discuss the impact that cancer is having on their lives.  All patients, family members and friends who are touched by cancer are welcome to attend. With professional guidance of a social worker, members may discuss their concerns with others who are facing similar challenges.

This group meets at several locations throughout the greater Akron area. Registration is not necessary. Free parking and refreshments or a light meal is provided. There is no required commitment, please join us when you are able.

For more information, please call Susan Popovici, LISW at 330.375.4895 for the Akron support group and Shannon Speaks at 330.375.3754 for the Barberton and Medina support groups.

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Noon – 1:30 p.m. 
Where: Summa Health Jean & Milton Cooper Pavilion
161 N. Forge St, Akron 
Ground Floor Conference Room

When: Last Thursday of the month
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Summa Health Parkview Pavilion
Summa Health System – Barberton Campus
155 5th St NE, Barberton
Conference Room D

When: Last Tuesday of the month
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Summa Health Medina Medical Center
3780 Medina Rd, Medina 
Community Room

Beacons of Hope Breast Cancer Support Group

This monthly breast cancer support group provides a welcoming community of emotional support and education for females diagnosed with breast cancer at any point in their journey – including newly diagnosed individuals, those in treatment and those that have completed treatment. An oncology breast nurse navigator and licensed clinician facilitate this important resource group.

For more information, please call Heidi Eve-Cahoon, MSN, CNP at 330.375.7082.

When: Second Wednesday of the month
6 - 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Summa Health Jean & Milton Cooper Pavilion
161 N. Forge St, Akron
Ground Floor Conference Room

Look Good, Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better holds group workshops that teach beauty techniques to female cancer patients to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. This program, co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is for women undergoing treatment for cancer. Meeting times vary by location. RSVP is required.

Summa Health System— Akron Campus
Summa Health Jean & Milton Cooper Pavilion
161 North Forge, Akron, OH
Ground Floor Conference Room
Free Parking at the Cooper Pavilion
Last Tuesday of each month, 1:00 p.m.
Registration is required. Call 888.227.6446 or 330.375.7280.

Summa Health System – Barberton Campus
Parkview Pavilion
155 5th St NE, Barberton, OH
Offered quarterly on Mondays (times vary)
Registration is required. Call 330.615.3553 or 330.615.4165.

Western Reserve Hospital
1900 23rd St, Cuyahoga Falls
4th Floor
Last Thursday of each month, 1:30 p.m.
Registration is required. Call 888.227.6446.

Ready SET Go

Research shows the importance of exercise. Let’s start the path together to improve your health and immune system. We invite one of Summa Health’s breast care specialist weekly – you never know which doctor may join us!

All breast cancer survivors are invited to join our FREE support group. Bring yourself, a buddy or your dog. Walks occur weekly on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., May through September 2017.

Life After Treatment

You’ve just persevered through one of the most difficult things you will experience in life — cancer treatment. Now what? Emotions still run high, and you may be dealing with issues because of the treatment. This quarterly support group allows members to share their feelings while also hearing from experts regarding important aspects of life after treatment. All patients, family members and friends who have been touched by cancer are welcome to attend. The group will feature the following speakers and topics:

  • March 30, 2017: Healthy lifestyle changes
  • June 29, 2017: Finances and debt
  • September 28, 2017: TBD
  • December 28, 2017: TBD

Summa Health System — Barberton Campus
155 5th St NE, Barberton, OH 
Conference Room A
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Registration is required. A light meal is provided. For more information or to register, contact us at 330.375.3754.

Stewarts Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center

Stewart's Caring Place is a non-profit organization that works to enhance the quality of life for those living with cancer. Stewart’s Caring Place is a cancer wellness and educational resource center for individuals and families touched by cancer, offering a wide range of services free of charge. Stewart's Caring Place can provide emotional, social, physical and spiritual support to individuals with cancer in one peaceful setting that is inclusive, non-judgmental and confidential, yet will connect you with others.

Call 330.836.1772 to learn more.


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