Services and Programs

Cancer Council of Ellis County
The Cancer Council of Ellis County (CCEC) provides services to individuals and families affected by cancer. The CCEC provides financial assistance, nutritional supplements, equipment loans, and educational materials. The Cancer Council relies upon volunteers to keep the office open, to work in service areas, to work with support groups, and to help with fundraising. 785.625.6653.

Caring BridgeR is a non profit organization offering free personalized web sites to those wishing to stay in touch with family and friends during significant life events. Caring Bridge easily creates personalized websites that display journal entries and photographs. Friends and family can visit the site to read updates and leave messages in the Guestbook.

"Image Boutique" / Wigs & Accessories
Visit the "Image Boutique" in the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute for free wigs, hats and turbans for patients experiencing hair loss during and after cancer treatments. Through the generosity of donors and the American Cancer Society, we have a large selection from which to choose and will assist patients with fittings. For more information or to make an appointment, please visit with a staff member at the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute.

Additional Resources

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           Catalogs available at the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute.

·         Salon Silhouettes    1-800-558-9447

·         Heart of Gold Wigs

·         Paula Young Wigs

·         Centennial Salons, Hays, KS   785-625-3337

·         ParadiseTanning & Cuts, Hays, KS   785-621-4471

LiveWell in an eight week exercise program is designed for people living with diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Heart or Vessel Disease, Heart Failure, and/or Obesity.  Working with your doctor, our fitness team designs a safe and effective exercise plan to meet your needs.  Along with exercise, the program gives you the knowledge and tools you need to live as health a life as possible.

Massage Therapy can do wonders for your body and your health. Once considered an indulgence, they are now recognized as an effective treatment for many health conditions. 

Nutritional Services
Good nutrition is important for patients with cancer. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after cancer treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. We know that healthy eating habits and good nutrition can help patients deal with the effects of cancer and its treatment. Some cancer treatments work better when the patient is well nourished and gets enough calories and protein in the diet. Cancer and cancer treatments may affect taste, smell, appetite, and the ability to eat enough food or absorb the nutrients from food. Patients who are well nourished may have a better prognosis or chance of recovery and a better quality of life.

For these reasons, the care team at the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute routinely assesses patients for nutritional status. Checks are done to assess the nutritional health of the patient and to decide if nutritional counseling would be helpful.

HaysMed has certified nutritional counselors who can help patients who need nutrition support. Finding and treating nutrition problems early can help the patient gain weight or prevent weight loss, decrease problems with the treatment, and help recovery.

Look Good…Feel Better is a free program from the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. You will learn specific techniques to help make the most of your appearance while undergoing treatment. Sessions are held monthly at the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute by the American Cancer Society. Call 785.623.5757 for more information or click here for the program schedule and more information.

Lymphedema Program Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is for the management of patients with lymphedema. Click here for details and to schedule an appointment for evaluation

Pastoral Care provides spiritual partnership in the healing process