Cancer Center

Phone Numbers

General Cancers Nurse Navigator
(803) 936-8050
Support Group Network
(803) 791-2800
Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
(803) 791-2521
(800) 635-0858
Women's Imaging
(803) 791-2486
Lexington Radiation Oncology
(803) 791-2575
Lexington Oncology
(803) 794-7511

Living With Cancer

You can live a full life while you’re going through cancer treatment.

Coping with Emotions

It’s normal to feel stressed, angry, tired or any combination of negative emotions during treatment. Expressing your emotions in a positive setting will give you a chance to work through them.

Join a support group.

Talking to people who know what you’re going through can be a tremendous help to battle negative feelings and remind you that you’re not alone.

We’ll help you:

  • Join a support group that’s right for you.
  • Find support groups for family and caregivers.

Find a Support Group

Practice your faith.

Keeping your beliefs in mind and talking to a spiritual advisor can give you a more positive attitude, and keep your focus on recovery.

How we can help:

  • Respect for all faiths and beliefs.
  • A dedicated chaplain who understands the needs of cancer patients.
  • Our prayer and meditation chapel, open 24 hours.

Supportive Care

Dealing With Treatment

Treatment often comes with new terminology, complicated explanations and added stress. You can take steps that will make it easier to handle these things on daily basis.

Talk to your health care team.

If you don’t understand part of your treatment, or something has changed since your last appointment, be sure to say something.

We’ll help you:

  • Make appointments and avoid overscheduling.
  • Keep track of your medications.
  • Ask your doctor questions, and understand the answers.

Try stress-relieving activities.

Treatment can cause stress. Make time for the things you find relaxing.

What kinds of activities can relieve stress?

  • Massage
  • Meditating or Praying
  • Journaling

Our Stress-Reducing Therapies

Managing Side Effects

It’s normal to experience side effects during treatment. Sticking to a healthy routine can help alleviate many of them.

Stick to a diet that makes sense for you.

You may experience a loss of appetite, or have a hard time keeping food down. Try eating smaller servings, and work with your health care professional to determine what foods will be best for you.

Get regular exercise, but don’t overdo it.

Staying active can give you more energy and help you sleep better.

What kinds of exercises should I try?

  • Easy Walks
  • Bike Riding
  • Low-Impact Classes