Above photo: Left to right: Dr. Keith Block, my wife and me holding our copy of Dr. Block’s book, Life Over Cancer at The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Skokie, Illinois April of this year.
NEW MATERIAL IS USUALLY POSTED BELOW THIS POST TWO OR MORE TIMES PER WEEK.
My wife’s story (the short, short, short version):
My wife’s aggressive breast cancer (ER PR neg. HER2 pos.) metastatic invasive breast cancer recurred (stage 4) in November 2011. Despite the use of some very expensive medicines–one of which cost $11,000 a bottle of a month’s supply of 120 tablets–her cancer adapted and spread from her chest wall to form about thirty lesions on her lungs. She also began to slide downhill last year with symptoms of cachexia; she lost 32 lbs. quickly, lost all appetite, and started experiencing profound and growing weakness. She also had pain in her left arm from lymphedema (due to having two lymph glands taken out in 2010 during the mastectomy) and numbness in her left hand and tingling in the fingers of her left hand (which from reading I believe were symptoms of neuropathy meaning nerve damage from extended chemo).
This blog represents the fruits of my search to find answers on science based diet and lifestyle strategies we could use to complement conventional treatment to help manage (as opposed to cure) my wife’s cancer. Through research (especially in the book Life Over Cancer by Keith Block, MD) I started making some changes in our diet and my wife’s lifestyle (regular walking, etc.). As we started to make the recommended changes here’s what happened:
*The (non-tumor) symptoms I described above slowly subsided and completely went away.
*In her quarterly high resolution CT scan in December 2012 the thirty some lesions on her lungs started to show shrinkage.
*In her high resolution CT scan in March 2013 many of the lesions had almost completely disappeared.
*In her most recent CT scan the end of October 2013 there was evidence that parts of the remaining tumors were showing signs of necrosis (death) and there were only minor signs of any new growth.
At stage 4 we’re focusing on managing her condition–to give my wife the best quality and quantity of life possible–not curing it. I can make no promises of what will result in anyone else’s situation; cancer is a complex illness and we’re complex organisms. But my wife’s story shows what’s possible with integrative cancer treatment as advocated by Dr. Block.
Some of the many resources you’ll find S4L on learning to live with and manage metastatic cancer:
***A repost of a blog post by Dr. Keith Block on what to do when you’re told there’s nothing more we can do. I HIGHLY recommend that everyone with advanced cancer read this blog post.
***A repost of a blog post by Dr. Keith Block on cancer survival statistics and if your physician can actually predict how long you have to live. This is another post I HIGHLY recommend that everyone with advanced cancer should read.
***A repost of a blog post by Dr. Keith Block on what a cancer patient should do when they’re told that their cancer is in remission of that the surgeons got it all during tumor removal surgery (in order to minimize the chances of recurrence).
*A three minute video by Dr. Michael Greger on a study on the effect of broccoli phytonutrients on breast cancer stem cells (stem cells give tumors their virtual immortality)
*A 55 minute video by Dr. Michael Greger on how to eat to avoid 15 of the top 16 killers in the world (cancer is number 2)
*A 20 minute talk by Dr. William Li on eating to starve cancer
*A repost of a blog post by Dr. Keith Block on dietary strategies to improve breast cancer survival.
*A two minute video by Dr. Michael Greger on the results of a study on which common mushroom is best at suppressing breast cancer cell proliferation.
*A six minute video by Dr. Michael Greger on a phytonutrient in a common kitchen spice that is 150 times as powerful as the leading drug used in treating radiation sickness. Something handy to know if you get regular CT scans like my wife does. Each scan is roughly equal to the radiation from 400 x-rays.
*And much, much more. New videos and articles are usually posted two or more times a week.
Who is Dr. Keith Block? And why does what he says about integrative treatment of advanced cancers matter?
Dr. Keith Block has treated advanced stage cancers for over thirty years, is the author of the excellent book Life Over Cancer, co-founder of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment (blockmd.com), and is a pioneer in (and considered by many to be the Father of) the integrative cancer treatment movement. I’m doubtful my wife would be alive today or she would be gravely ill from cachexia if I didn’t find Dr. Block’s work and resources. Scroll down to see posts on Dr. Block and his work below.
If you’d like to know more about my wife’s story, below are the dates of the posts:
May 27 post: My wife’s story (the short version)
MY WIFE’S STORY (THE DETAILED VERSION–SEE BELOW)
May 18 posts: Part 1 and 2
May 19 post: Part 3
May 20 posts: Part 4 and 5