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Easing the Stress of Cancer

Summa Health Cancer Institute: Parkview At Summa Health Cancer Institute, we recognize that cancer affects your entire life. It’s not easy. Our goal is to make the difficult journey from cancer diagnosis through cancer treatment, recovery and survivorship as seamless as possible. In partnership with the Stephen A. Comunale Jr. Family Cancer Foundation, we were able to build a Renewal Nook at our Summa Health – Barberton Campus. We offer a number of supportive services to treat your whole body in our Renewal Nooks.

Patients who visit the Renewal Nook leave the clinical side of their care at the door. When they enter the newly designed space, they are treated to a spa-like experience. Services include:

Wig Salon

Hair loss is often a difficult aspect of cancer treatment. Many women opt to get a wig and alternate its use with scarves and hats. Through generous support by the Stephen A. Comunale Jr. Family Cancer Foundation, we are able to offer a free wig and wig care kit to cancer patients experiencing cancer-related hair loss. Patients can visit the Wig Salon and choose from a variety of products. Help is available for correct fit, styling tips and proper care of your wig.

Integrative Therapy Room

A therapist trained in therapeutic massage can provide a variety of positive effects including, but not limited to:

  • Deep relaxation
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved sleep
  • Eased constipation
  • Increased alertness and mental clarity
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Decreased nausea
  • Reduced pain

Consult Space

This space provides a private, esthetically pleasing room for private consultation with any of our providers for a quieter setting to discuss care options, nutrition, psychosocial support, financial issues, family concerns and more. This private space is ideal for a family that needs a space to discuss care decisions, a patient that needs time to reconcile with diagnosis or for discussions with outside consultants, such as legal representatives. We will serve any patient with a cancer diagnosis regardless of where he/she receives treatment.

Artistic Healing

Cancer is a very physical diagnosis that can leave patients and caregivers with very emotional and psychological consequences. Activities focused around artistic healing can be a creative way for patients and caregivers to cope with these consequences, grief, anxiety and depression. Through generous support from the Stephen A. Comunale Jr. Family Cancer Foundation, we provide patients with an art kit and adult coloring book that they can take home with them or utilize while they are receiving treatment. We also have art carts available for patients to explore during workshops and individually during treatment.