What's New

Cancer Transitions Program Begins May 3rd.

Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute and the Midwest Cancer Alliance
Launches New FREE Program for Cancer Survivors

HAYS, Kansas (April 24, 2012)— HaysMed's Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute and the Midwest Cancer Alliance are offering a new 6-Week Interactive Tele Video program to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care.  Developed by the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG, the program was created to bridge the gap between cancer treatment and life following cancer.

Dates and topics include May 3, Get Back to Wellness: Take Control of Your Survivorship;  May 10, Exercise for Wellness:  Customized Exercise; May 17, Emotional Health and Well-Being:  From Patient to Survivor; May 24, Nutrition Beyond Cancer; May 31, Medical Management Beyond Cancer:  What You Need to Know and June 7, Life Beyond Cancer.  The sessions will be held at the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute at HaysMed, 2220 Canterbury, Hays, Kansas.

This is an important health care gap because according to a 2007 Institute of Medicine report, the 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S. face a heavy physical and psychological burden as they transition from cancer patient to survivor.  In fact, cancer is increasingly being viewed for many as a chronic illness.  A new report issued by the Institute of Medicine in 2008 recognized this paradigm shift of the impact on cancer on the entire family.  The report, entitled Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, states that "Good quality health care must attend to patients' psychosocial problems and provide services to enable them to better manage their illnesses and underlying health." This new program, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatmentâ„¢, will be run in May and Juneto help fill this critical gap.

This much needed program, which is offered FREEto participants, will provide cancer survivors with information and tools to make the transition into living a full and productive life as a survivor. Specifically, the program addresses exercise, nutrition, emotional health, quality of life and medical management after cancer treatment ends.

Expert panelists at the six sessions will include cancer specialist physicians, nutritionists and fitness experts who will discuss various topics. These subjects include:

    Exercise after treatment
    Specialized nutrition for people after cancer treatment
    The need for continued emotional and social support
    Medical effects of cancer treatment and long-term medical management.

"We are very excited to partner with Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Instituteand to offer this program to cancer survivors throughout the region" said Hope Krebill, Executive Director of the Midwest Cancer Alliance.

For patient information or to register for Cancer Transitions, contactStephanie Bedore, Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute, 785-623-5757 or email stephanie.bedore@haysmed.com.