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Cancer Rehabilitation Center Opens at USCL

Lynn Baker, Registered Nurse Supervisor, Dr. Bill Riner, Director of Health Services, and Jim Morton, husband of the late Lucy Graybill MortonLancaster, SC --- University of South Carolina Lancaster announces the opening of the Lucy Graybill Morton Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic.  Named in memory of the late Lucy Morton of Lancaster, the program will operate in the Carole Ray Dowling Center and will become the fourth community health clinic operated by USCL. The other programs offered by USCL Health Services include The John Morrison White Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic and The Dr. W.L. McDow Physical Therapy Clinic.
(Photo: Lynn Baker, Registered Nurse Supervisor, Dr. Bill Riner, Jim Morton, husband of the late Lucy Graybill Morton.)

Advances in cancer treatment and diagnosis are resulting in rising cancer survival rates.  Following successful medical treatment for cancer, and even during medical treatment, research indicates that patients can benefit from a supervised program of exercise.  Patients who have faced surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy regimens are often left with long-term negative impacts on physical health that can be improved with physical activity.  Some of the common health issues faced by cancer patients include muscle weakness, bone loss, weight changes, reduced aerobic fitness, decreased flexibility, fatigue, and reduced cardiac function.  All of these issues respond well to supervised physical exercise.

Clients of the program will undergo an initial evaluation of overall fitness level, general physical health, and medical considerations.  Health professionals certified in cancer rehabilitation will develop a personal exercise plan for each client, followed by an individual orientation session with a Cancer Exercise Specialist.  Thereafter, clients will participate in at least two supervised, individually tailored exercise sessions per week for twelve to eighteen weeks, after which they should be prepared to continue an unsupervised fitness regimen. Nutritional evaluation and recommendations, along with stress management counseling, will be made available as needed.

The Lucy Graybill Morton Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic is supervised by Lynn Baker, RN, who holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology.  All professionals assisting with the program will be certified as Cancer Exercise Trainers by the American College of Sports Medicine, the premier certifying body for exercise scientists and a pioneer in cancer exercise certification.
The hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm – 4pm. A physician referral is required for participation. For more information please contact Lynn Baker at 803-313-7104 (phone) 803-313-7130 (fax) or lbaker@mailbox.sc.edu .

 

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