Cancer Center

Phone Numbers

General Cancers Nurse Navigator
(803) 791-2289
(803) 791-2617
Support Group Network
(803) 791-2800
Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
(803) 791-2521
(800) 635-0858
Women's Imaging
(803) 791-2486
Medical Social Services
(803) 791-2430
Lexington Radiation Oncology
(803) 791-2575
Radiology Department
(803) 791-2460
Medical Day Infusion Center
(803) 791-2287
Manager for Cancer Programs
(803) 936-8050

Healthy Living

A Healthier You

Healthier living does wonders. Simple lifestyle choices can help offset factors you can’t change such as a family history of cancer.

But the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are more than scientific. You may find exercise enhances sleep quality and reduces stress. Eating healthier may trim your waistline and boost your energy levels. Healthier living often leads to a healthier attitude and outlook on life, too.

Eat Your Way to Better Health

We’ll help you:

  • Review what you eat and assess your eating habits.
  • Perform a thorough review of your nutritional health.
  • Create a personalized nutrition treatment plan.

Nutrition Therapy

Cancer Center Blog

Boost Your Health

A healthy lifestyle isn’t all sprouts and spin class. Make these simple changes and you’re already moving in the right direction — away from the couch.

  • Cultivate a healthy diet.
    Adjust what you eat and in what quantities. The benefits? A trimmer waistline and a turbo-boost of energy.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation.
    Drinking isn’t a prevention strategy. Limit your intake to one adult beverage a day, if any at all.
  • Become more active and stay that way.
    Being active doesn’t have to mean running a marathon. Take the stairs rather than the elevator or walk instead of driving.
  • Aim for a healthy weight.
    The closer you are to your ideal weight, the happier and healthier your body will be. Excess weight stresses your joints and heart. Even losing just five pounds makes a huge difference.
  • Avoid tobacco.
    From your body’s perspective, there’s nothing good about smoking. But even if you have smoked for years, quitting one year cuts your risk of heart disease in half.
  • Watch the cholesterol.
    Cholesterol, which hardens arteries, is often a major ingredient in a heart attack. Try to keep your total cholesterol below 200. If it’s higher, take action sooner rather than later.
  • Watch that blood pressure.
    Blood pressure higher than 120/80? Better keep an eye on it. If it’s regularly 140/90 or higher, you have hypertension, a chronic condition where the pressure in your arteries is too high.
  • De-stress yourself.
    We can’t eliminate all stress, but we can learn better ways to cope with it. Try cutting back on your schedule or communicating openly instead of holding in. Or find new ways to relax, like a hobby.
  • Get regular checkups.
    Getting and staying in tune with your body is critical. That means getting an annual checkup — even if you’ve never felt better. Your physician is a vital part of your healthcare team.