Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment

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Dr. Keith Block is at the global vanguard of innovative cancer care. As medical director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Evanston, Illinois, he has treated thousands of patients who have lived long, full lives beyond their original prognoses. Now he has distilled almost thirty years of experience into the first book that gives patients a systematic, research-based plan for developing the physical and emotional vitality they need to meet the demands of ...
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Overview

Dr. Keith Block is at the global vanguard of innovative cancer care. As medical director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Evanston, Illinois, he has treated thousands of patients who have lived long, full lives beyond their original prognoses. Now he has distilled almost thirty years of experience into the first book that gives patients a systematic, research-based plan for developing the physical and emotional vitality they need to meet the demands of treatment and recovery.

Based on a profound understanding of how body and mind can work together to defeat disease, this groundbreaking book offers:

• Innovative approaches to conventional treatments, such as “chronotherapy”–chemotherapy timed to patients’ unique circadian rhythms for enhanced effectiveness and reduced toxicity

• Dietary choices that make the biochemical environment hostile to cancer growth and recurrence, and strengthen the immune system’s ability to attack remaining cancer cells

• Precise supplement protocols to tame treatment side effects, relieve disease-related symptoms, and modify processes like inflammation and glycemia that can fuel cancer if left untreated

• A new paradigm for exercise and stress reduction that restores your strength, reduces anxiety and depression, and supports the body’s own ability to heal

• A complete program for remission maintenance–a proactive plan to make sure the cancer never returns

Also included are “quick-start” maps to help you find the information you need right now and many case histories that will support and inspire you. Encouraging, compassionate, and authoritative, Life over Cancer is the guide patients everywhere have been waiting for.

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"Life Over Cancer is the compilation of Dr. Block's three decades of research and development of his optimal model of integrative cancer treatment. As Chief of Surgical Oncology from a major medical institution, I have sent many patients to the Block Center. They experienced less treatment toxicity, improved treatment response, better quality of life, and improved outcomes. In my opinion, Dr. Block's clinic is unique and what I consider to be the top integrative oncology center in the US. It is where I would go if I was ever diagnosed with cancer."— N. Joseph Espat, M.D. Professor and Chief, Surgical Oncology Roger Williams Medical Center

Life Over Cancer is a must- read for anyone combating this disease. It provides genuine hope, as well as the evidence, rationale, and instructions in how to live a healthier, fuller life with cancer, while providing a broader array of treatment options that improve quality of life.”—Nick Vogelzang, M.D., Director, Nevada Cancer Institute Professor of Medicine, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas

“Here is cancer care as it should be: person-centered, integrated, individualized and science-based. If you or your loved ones have been touched by cancer, or if you care for those with cancer, read this book.”—Wayne B. Jonas, M.D., President and CEO, Samueli Institute Director (1995-1999), Office of Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health

“Keith Block is one of the great pioneers of integrative oncology. This important book is essential reading for patients and health professionals alike. Block's approach is indicative of much of the future of this critically important field of medicine."—Michael Lerner, Ph.D., President, Commonwealth Cofounder, Commonweal Cancer Help Program

Life Over Cancer provides the reader with an accessible and comprehensive program that combines the best of conventional cancer therapy with effective complementary interventions. It is this 'whole person' approach to patient care that Dr. Block brought to the University of Illinois Integrative Medical Education program which he established in the mid-nineties. His dedication and efforts have transformed the school's medical education curriculum, and inspired future physicians to view integrative medicine as a truly significant component of health care.”—L. J. Sandlow, M.D. Senior Associate Dean for Academic & Educational Affairs Professor and Head, Department of Medical Education University of Illinois College of Medicine

“In Life Over Cancer, Dr. Block demonstrates his huge depth of knowledge of the comprehensive management of patients with cancer and illustrates the wealth of opportunities and choices available to them. This is a book about optimism, soundly grounded in science."—Stephen M. Sagar, M.D. President, Society for Integrative Oncology Associate Professor Oncology & Medicine, McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ontario

Life Over Cancer provides countless strategies to enable the patient to regain some of the lost sense of control that a diagnosis often carries, empowering them to be a true partner in their fight for life. Dr. Block's counsel and guidance have assisted countless medical professionals hoping to provide their own patients with a comprehensive integrative approach to care.” —Donald I. Abrams, M.D., Chief of Hematology-Oncology San Francisco General Hospital Prof. Clinical Medicine, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

“How refreshing to come across this thoughtful book.…With the boldness of a carpe diem, this evidence-based integrative approach should serve as a wake-up call for oncologists to overcome their obsession with treating cancer as an isolated target and to pay attention to the cancer patient whose own faculties need to be harnessed as agencies to win this war.”—Azra Raza, M.D. Director of the Myelodysplatic Syndrome Center St. Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center, New York, NY Former Chief Hematology-Oncology University of Massachusetts

“Keith Block is the foremost integrative oncologist in North America. In Life Over Cancer he shares his incomparable depth of knowledge and experience with us and presents a comprehensive, scientific, and practical program for helping people with cancer effectively fight the disease.”—Leo Galland, M.D., Author, Power Healing Director, The Foundation for Integrated Medicine

Life Over Cancer is a training manual for cancer patients, their families, cancer nurses, oncology pharmacists and oncologists. [It] provides patients with insight and a series of concrete steps to help them live better and longer, despite a cancer diagnosis. —William JM Hrushesky, M.D., Senior Clinician Investigator, Medical Oncology Professor, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina , WJB Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia SC

“Patients who have taken the Life Over Cancer sojourn have generated an impressive track record. While we have much to comprehend about the inner workings of cancer it is reassuring to know that personalized state-of-the-art care is within reach.—Debu Tripathy, M.D. Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine Former Director of the Komen / UT Southwestern Breast Cancer Research Program President and CEO, Physicians Education Resource

“Without doubt, Life Over Cancer can be singled out as the most authoritative book in integrative cancer medicine available for the cancer patient. I highly recommend it for patients and caregivers.”—Jacob Shoham, M.D., PhD, Medical Oncology Professor Emeritus of Life Sciences Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Life Over Cancer is the program every cancer patient deserves in order to have the best chance for recovery and restoration of health.”—Andrew Weil, M.D.

“Keith Block is a pioneer and leader in integrative cancer care and one of its premier practitioners. This clear, meticulously documented, practical book is a lifeline for anyone who has cancer. It should be required reading for all oncologists.”—James S. Gordon, M.D., former chair, White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy; author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression

“To this day, the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment remains the best and the only truly comprehensive integrative cancer center in the country. This generous book is the exact blueprint for that program and the recipe for its success: hope and science.”—Mark Renneker, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Unviersity of California, San Francisco, Medical School

"Dr. Keith Block shares his decades of research and clinical practice, and presents a powerful, practical, and accessible approach for patients, loved ones, caregivers, and health professionals.  This book beautifully reveals the depth of his dedication and commitment to helping people heal."—Jeremy Geffen, M.D., medical oncologist and author of The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person
 
“Keith Block, M.D. is the most prominent integrative cancer specialist in the United States. His new book, Life Over Cancer, is the manifesto of the movement for a kinder and more effective form of managing this terrible disease.”—Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D., Director, The Moss Reports

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Surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy may treat cancer but can also necessitate huge changes in lifestyle and body image and predispose the patient to other diseases, recurrence, and death. Block (medical director, Block Ctr. for Integrative Cancer Treatment) lays out a comprehensive complementary-therapy program designed to enhance conventional treatments, and he provides advice that will better a patient's life and improve chances of a full cure. Block stresses that patients should not abandon traditional medicine and should consult their health-care team before adding less traditional treatments. He details an anticancer diet, with specific recommendations for foods and supplements, as well as exercise plans and spiritual maintenance. Methods of boosting one's immune response while providing a less friendly "bioterrain" for cancer cells are suggested, as are techniques to counteract the ill effects, e.g., nausea and fatigue, of traditional cancer therapies. This dense book may overwhelm some readers, but considering the prevalence of cancer, it's sure to be a popular title.
—Janet M. Schneider

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553801149
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 85,403
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith I. Block, M.D. is Director of Integrative Medical Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine; Medical Director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Evanston, Illinois; and founder and Scientific Director of the nonprofit Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Education. He is also editor in chief of the peer-reviewed professional journal Integrative Cancer Therapies and a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Editorial Board.
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Chapter One


Why Integrative Care Works

Cancer is one of the ultimate challenges any of us can face. I tell my patients that it is like being forced to climb Mount Everest: your trek to recovery requires the same committed focus and fitness of body and mind. Many of my patients tell me this analogy not only captures how overwhelmed their illness makes them feel but also reinforces two key ideas. First, to surmount your illness, just as to climb Everest, you need know-how, planning, and preparedness. Second, all mountains are ascended one step at a time, and all illnesses are conquered one step at a time. Every new health-promoting behavior you adopt is a victory. Every improvement in your symptoms, no matter how small, is an important step toward the summit of health.

The first point: preparedness is a key to successful cancer therapy. If I dropped you onto the summit of Everest, you would be lucky to survive a few hours in the intense cold and low-oxygen atmosphere. In the same way, unprepared cancer patients often lack the reserves to carry them through treatment. Of course, no rational person would ever let himself be plopped beneath the summit of Everest unprepared. You need training, proper equipment, and time to study the routes and learn the terrain before starting your trek. En route, you pace yourself and set up camps along the way to acclimatize yourself to the altitude. If you’re smart, you also enlist an experienced guide, one who helps you navigate the trickiest terrain.

So it is with cancer. Ascending Everest is analogous to the attack phase of cancer therapy—the conventional treatment for debulking, or shrinking, the primary tumor. The better and smarter the preparation, the more likely you are to complete this treatment. Don’t worry if there is only a little time between when you receive your diagnosis and when you begin treatment such as surgery: even a little preparedness can go a long way. With an experienced guide offering strategies complementary to your chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, treatment will be less debilitating and more effective.

If the attack phase is successful in shrinking or eliminating the primary tumor, you’ve achieved either a partial remission or a complete remission. This is like reaching the summit of Everest. What next More often than not, nothing. Current medical thinking views successful completion of the attack phase (“we got it all”) as almost synonymous with a cure. But even with remission after surgery and chemo, some residual undetectable cancer cells likely remain. It has been estimated that approximately half of all cancer patients in remission actually have metastases, malignant cells that have broken off the original tumor, traveled through the bloodstream to far-flung sites in the body, and begun the insidious process of growing into another dangerous tumor. Just because you have achieved remission through elimination of the primary tumor does not mean you are home free. Cancer is not like an infection, where you wipe it out and move on. It is a chronic condition that needs constant vigilance. While conventional cancer treatments often remove much of the disease burden —and it is critical to remove tumor bulk from your body—that is only half the battle. Even when the primary tumor is eliminated, micro- metastases may already have migrated to and seed other parts of the body. These dormant cells can rear up and reestablish themselves.

That’s why for my patients, complete remission does not mean the end of treatment. Instead, it means the start of the containment or growth control phase, when we focus on stopping or slowing further growth of any residual disease (visible tumors) or invisible metastatic cancer cells. Post-treatment is a time to be particularly aggressive.

To continue the Everest metaphor, a successful climb is not only about summiting but also about getting back down. This is where climbers often err because the potential for catastrophe—treacherous ice patches and wrong turns that send you plunging into an abyss—is so great. Similarly, for a cancer patient it is critical to look past the summit of clear scans and remission so that your preparedness carries over into the post-treatment, or remission maintenance, phase.

Unfortunately, this is the most neglected phase of cancer treatment. Conventional cancer treatment does little to prevent cells from regrouping, proliferating and forming new tumors. It also does little to help patients recover from persistent side effects and potentially life-threatening complications of attack-phase treatments. But with the right strategy these effects can be avoided or overcome: we have tools—especially diet, nutritional therapy, and experimental and off- label drug use—that can delay or block the return of cancer.

Now cancer patients part ways with mountain climbers. When mountain climbers return to base camp, their ordeal is over. They have triumphed. Not so with cancer patients who have reached the summit (achieved remission) and descended safely (kept metastatic cells in check). With cancer, you must remain attentive to self-care, taking an active role in your continued health. Rather than waiting passively for the results of your next scan or checkup, you can actively seize control of your future. This will likely entail making changes in what you eat, how you stay fit, and how you balance life’s stressors, but I can just about guarantee that the small investment will yield a huge return: not only will this new way of life decrease your risk of relapse, but it will decrease your risk of diseases other than cancer, too, and make you feel better, stronger, and more empowered every day.

The Beginnings of Life Over Cancer

Cancer entered my life long before I went to medical school. As a teenager, I watched my grandmother, my grandfather, and an uncle all die of cancer. They all suffered great pain toward the end, not just from the disease but from the treatments they endured. It was as if the quality of their lives were irrelevant, as if it no longer mattered how they felt once their doctors had proclaimed that there was nothing more that could be done. Though I had no medical training, I couldn’t believe there was nothing more that could be done —at least to improve their quality of life as they underwent treatment.

I remember sitting at my grandmother’s sickbed, watching helplessly as her cancer progressed and she became increasingly frail and thin. Her body was betraying her, but so were her physicians. Only sixteen, I was undergoing intensive physical training for high school football. I wondered: why weren’t her caregivers encouraging her to exercise Logic told me that keeping her muscles active might help her resist some of the wasting syndrome she suffered.

After my grandmother passed away, I kept thinking about all the things I might have done had I been her doctor. (This was one of the experiences that motivated me to become a doctor.) I was certain she could have lived the remainder of her life, even with her cancer, with far more awareness, dignity, and well-being had she been given a whole other level of care. This experience also made me resolve to be a different kind of doctor, one who did more than run tests and administer standard treatments. I wanted to tend to my patients’ emotional and physical well-being, too.

That resolve only grew stronger. As an intern, I sometimes followed an attending physician as he made his rounds at the hospital. One day I was following a doctor who was notoriously a morning person, beginning his rounds at 6:30 a.m. sharp, regardless of the patients’ sleep schedule. His first stop that chilly dawn was the bedside of a Chicago bus driver in her mid-forties. Admitted the previous night, she had an advanced case of cancer. This physician, whom she had never laid eyes on, was the first doctor to speak to her. He sailed into the room and woke her up. With no preamble, he declared, “I am sorry to tell you that you have colon cancer, and it will probably take your life shortly.” He turned with a squeak of shoe leather and left the room, followed by his entourage.

I stayed behind, unable to move a muscle, rooted to the spot where I’d stood as the attending pronounced judgment. The color had drained from the face of this poor woman, and her jaw was slack from the shock. Her entire body appeared frozen in terror. And no wonder. She had just been awakened in a strange bed in a strange hospital by a man who coldly informed her that she was doomed. I found myself in shock as well—not by what he’d said but how. I stayed with her for over an hour, returning for long periods in the days and weeks that followed, doing what I could to restore her shattered will to live.

When I founded the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in 1980, I knew it would be essential to provide an environment of hope and authentic caring. We would of course offer the best treatments from mainstream oncology to shrink or eliminate tumors. Although I was intrigued by anecdotal reports of success with purely alternative therapies, there was not enough solid evidence of their effectiveness to employ them alone. In the Life Over Cancer plan, it is crucial to eliminate the bulk of the tumor, freeing the body’s natural defenses for the job of ridding the body of residual or microscopic disease. We recognized that it was asking too much of our body’s immune system and other anti-cancer defenses to destroy or even shrink large, established tumors. It was clear to me that with rare exceptions, patients need and can benefit from established conventional therapies.

But conventional cancer treatment, while necessary, is not sufficient. Also crucial are nutrition (the quickest and surest way to affect one’s biochemistry), natural medicines (since, with a few rare exceptions, the pharmaceutical industry has not produced a true cure for any cancer), exercise, and mind-spirit care (including support and therapy to alleviate the terror associated with cancer treatment). These would be among the most important components of the care we offered. Just to be clear, we use nutrition, exercise, and mind-body treatments to enhance standard cancer treatments, not replace them.

The term did not exist then, but our approach was the first truly integrative cancer treatment in North America. Through innovative interventions and therapies, custom-tailored to the clinical, psychological, biochemical, and molecular characteristics of each patient, we treat the whole person, not just the cancer. Throughout, patients are active participants in their care, as we explain what we are prescribing and why, and what they need to do to have the greatest chance of success.

The Life Over Cancer program was not set in stone in 1980. We have continuously made changes as we learned from patients’ experiences, and adopted novel treatments supported by the burgeoning medical literature in cancer therapy, both mainstream and complementary. Full- time staff members stay on top of the latest research, as well as plan and conduct studies of new therapies. As a result, the Life Over Cancer program has improved with time as we’ve learned in the clinic what works and what doesn’t, and as research breakthroughs have emerged. Put simply, if a new treatment holds promise and is safe and effective, we consider including it.

Way back in 1984, I discussed some of our cases of advanced metastatic cancers at a cancer seminar at the University of Chicago. I showed X-rays indicating that the disease had spread to many distant sites in the body—yet these patients had all experienced regressions of their disease and were still alive, many years later. That astonished these specialists. Indeed, a number of patients who have been referred to our center and were considered “hopeless” or “terminal” have stunned even me as they lived and thrived years longer than expected. It was a few years after this talk that I first pointed out that false hopelessness—which conventional approaches may implant in the minds of patients—is fully as dangerous as the “false hope” that some alternative therapeutic claims may stimulate.

No matter how impressive, however, anecdotes are not proof of the effectiveness of the Life Over Cancer program. Starting in the mid-1980s, therefore, we devoted ourselves to collecting voluminous data on two groups of our sickest patients—those with metastatic breast cancer or prostate cancer—in order to determine whether the Life Over Cancer program of intensive integrative oncology helps cancer patients live better and longer lives compared with patients relying solely on the best mainstream treatments.

Evidence of Longer Survival

In ninety women with metastatic breast cancer, the disease had spread to the liver, lungs, brain, bones, or other organs. (Why one kind of primary tumor metastasizes to one set of organs while another kind spreads to a different set remains one of the enduring mysteries of cancer biology.) This is called stage IV metastatic breast cancer. All the women participated in the full Life Over Cancer (LOC) program, including our tailored diet, supplements, exercise, and mind- spirit programs. Eighty percent of them received multiple chemotherapy regimens after they came to us; this was sometimes their third, fourth, or even fifth round of chemo. We compared the survival of our patients with those from other studies conducted by leading researchers in the United States in which the patients received hormonal and/or chemotherapy treatments. Our breast cancer patients lived roughly twice as long as patients getting standard treatments alone as we reported in a study published in 2009 in The Breast Journal. Our median survival was thirty-eight months, compared to fifteen to twenty-three months in the comparison studies of other stage IV patients. Moreover, our patients were 33 percent more likely to be alive at five years than patients getting standard treatment alone.

This edge held even in women with the worst metastases. Our patients with bone metastases lived almost twice as long (forty months versus twenty-three months) as non-LOC patients with bone metastases receiving standard therapy. Our patients with liver metastases lived ten months longer (twenty-three months versus thirteen months) than non-LOC patients with liver metastases receiving standard therapy. Our patients with lung metastases lived more than twice as long (forty-three months versus eighteen months) as non-LOC patients with lung metastases receiving standard therapy. In sum, our metastatic breast cancer patients on the Life Over Cancer program had doubled survival times, increased five-year survival rates, and dramatically better long-term outcomes than patients on standard therapy alone.

We also studied twenty-seven men with metastatic prostate cancer. The disease had spread to their bones or visceral organs, meaning they had stage D2 cancer. All received the standard treatments, called combined androgen blockage, from either our center or their original oncologist to halt production of the male hormones that stimulate the growth of prostate cancer. The patients also all received a drug designed to block the further spread of the cancer. In addition, they received our whole package of integrative treatments, including our dietary plan, select nutritional supplements, a therapeutic exercise program, and a mind-spirit regimen for psychological and spiritual well-being. We compared our patients’ results with results for stage D2 patients from four different studies who underwent treatment at leading cancer centers such as the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center and to patients whose cancer was less advanced (stage C, having spread from the prostate to the local surrounding tissue, but not to the bones or other organs).

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

    Patient-centered cancer care

    Dr. Keith Block - referred to by Andrew Weil as the "father" of integrative oncology - has created the best cancer guidebook ever written (and I've reviewed plenty of them in my seventeen years as a Cancer Patient Advocate and survivor of three separate primary cancers --kidney, colon and prostate). Dr. Block's 600-page book "is the program every cancer patient deserves in order to have the best chance for recovery and restoration of health," states Weil, who wrote the foreword to Life Over Cancer. I couldn't agree more!

    I have known of Dr. Block's international reputation as a clinician, researcher and educator - he's also the editor of a leading medical journal, Integrative Cancer Therapies - because we serve together on a National Cancer Institute editorial review board dealing with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Google PDQ CAM). I'm one of two Patient Advocates on this panel of otherwise noted doctors and scientists. But it was only recently when my prostate cancer appeared again in my left pelvic wall that I came to know what a remarkably unique doctor Keith Block really is. Having a clear, accessible "Radiation Support Program," outlined in his book, was enormously helpful at the start of my Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy at UCLA, but I knew I couldn't stop with just reading. I knew I had to get on a plane and get to Evanston (just north of Chicago) and experience The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment for myself. And what an experience it was: two days of non-stop sessions with the most informative doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists, and mind-spirit counselors I have ever met under one roof.

    The CENTER'S "Anti-cancer Diet" and the basic "Block Center Core Diet Plans" are worth the price of Life Over Cancer alone, but added to that are very helpful chapters on Physical Care and Mind and Spirit Care as well. All of this sound advice is patient-centered and is not just scientifically-based, but sensitively based at the same time.

    I know of no better single volume than this for helping cancer patients boost their biology and enhance their treatment programs, be it surgery, chemo or radiation. With Dr. Keith Block there is always more that can be done, and he and his staff at the Evanston, Illinois Block Center leave no stone unturned. Your cancer care can cost tens - even hundreds - of thousands of dollars, but I promise you there will be no better expenditure of $25 than the purchase of this book.
    I wish you good reading and good health. --CyberRosa, Patient Advocate, Los Angeles, CA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Great book

    I have angiosarcoma. A rare cancer annd found this book to be very helpful. Many of the information my doctor had given me but this book broke it down into detail. It is a great to go back to and re-read when needed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Integrative care examined carefully and with compassion

    This well composed book is written as a complementary/alternative medicine guide that can provide an easier journey through the traditional phases of cancer diagnosis, surgery and body ravaging treatment. It then provides advice for maintaining remission with gusto or meeting the failure of treament with courage.
    The explanations of biochemistry and nutrition are reader friendly and optimistic. Additionally, Dr. Block does not spend valuable reader time trying toover- sell his treament center or products.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Incredible book

    I bought this book because several of my friends have cancer, and I wanted to be as informed as I could be. The information in this book is invaluable. I tell everyone I know, who might benefit from it, about this book. I have read many books on cancer, but have found this one to be the best. Ironically, the diet that Dr. Block recommends, is exactly what my husband and I have evolved to on our own. This is must reading for anyone who has cancer, and for those who just want to be more informed.

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

    The best book for cancer survivors and those wanting to avoid cancer

    This is by far the best analysis of what works best to deal with cancer for those who experience the disease or are connected to those who are facing what to do when they get cancer. See for yourself. This will provide a better understanding of what can be done if you face cancer in your life or in the life of family or friends.

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

    What your Doctor won't tell you about your cancer.

    In our current medical system doctors and specialists, even if they accept that life style and attitude have an effect on disease, either as causative factors or as essential to a cure, have little time or inclination to inform you about the details. Keith Block is a medical doctor who had his attitude changed by his own bout with brain cancer.

    He was given the usual treatments and the tumor was removed, but it reappeared several years later and Dr. Block began to do research to discover what he could do to assist in his long-term recovery. He discovered research that indicated that there were many elements of diet that either were conducive to tumor growth, or helped the body fight off the tumor. In this book he gives the reader information concerning which diet items are good and which are not and why.

    In addition Dr. Block cites research indicating that an individuals psychological and spiritual well-being are also important factors in either supporting or handicapping the body's immune system as it tries to fight off the development and growth of cancerous tumors.

    I found this book clear and insightful. But more than that I found it inspiring. It inspired me to change my life style, both physically and mentally, and help my body fight off the invasive disease that had attacked it.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Great Book

    My daughter has a very aggressive breast cancer and this book is helping her get through all the terrible "cocktails" that she will have to endure for the next 18 weeks and a lower dose "cocktail" until next March. We have all learned a lot about diets and foods we never thought of to help with every stage of this terrible disease!

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    Posted November 23, 2012

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    Posted March 31, 2010

    Life Over Cancer is compeling into the realization of Integrative Oncology

    THIS,AN INCISIVE READING TOOL IS TOWARDS MY OWN PERSONAL BENEFIT, SINCE I'VE BEEN AFFLICTED WITH TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERING STAGE-III TYPES OF CANCER. I also included its' purposeful outcome thereby a proactive approach to understand my options available with "Compromised Conventional Medical Therapy" that lacks an overall focus on WHOLE BODY HEALTH during treatments of Surgery(SLASH),Radiation(BURN),and Chemo(POISON)with another useful book in tandem to further the definition of Cancer-Free versus a standardized proported 5 year survival rate muse lend on by the N.C.I., F.D.A., A.C.S., A.M.A. subjective hope as redefining-The Cure!,is the new 2nd Edition of author Tanya Harter Pierce::: OUT SMART YOUR CANCER cicra May 2009.

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