Cancer Support Services

Facing cancer is a challenge.  At the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute, our patients don’t have to face it alone.  We offer a variety of comprehensive support services to help patients live well, even with cancer.  We believe that support and rehabilitation of cancer patients is as necessary as diagnosis and treatment for complete care.  A diagnosis of cancer can affect your life in many ways, which is why we have developed support services reflective of the needs of our patients and families.  These services include:


To help you make informed decisions and to become an active part of your health care, you will receive education about your cancer, your treatment and the management of symptoms and side effects during your visits with us. You may also receive cancer-related educational materials that are used to reinforce and supplement information provided to you by your health care team.

The Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute maintains a lending library located in the lobby that is stocked with a hand-picked selection of educational and inspirational books, magazines, and pamphlets. For more details, ask your caregiver at the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute.

The Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute also organizes lectures, seminars and events for patients and the general public on many cancer-related topics throughout the year.


Be Our Guest

Lodging is available for patients who live outside of Hays and who are receiving outpatient services at Hays Medical Center. The Be Our Guest program offers an overnight stay at a select hotel at the price of only $20.00/night.  Patients may use this program the night before, or the day they are dismissed from having an outpatient test, procedure or inpatient stay.

Access Van

Public transportation in Hays is available via the ACCESS Van: 785-628-1052

Services & 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.

“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.

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.

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Support Groups

The Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute provides a designated Social Worker and specially trained support services team to meet with you and your family throughout your care.