“Do I need to visit The Block Center in order to benefit from integrative cancer care?” Someone asked me a similar question at an online forum for patients and families dealing with stage 4 breast cancer.
My personal nonprofessional opinion is that, for many people, I’m inclined to say no. But the bottom line is that decision will depend your particular situation.
I was able to use some of lifestyle and dietary strategies recommended in Dr. Block’s book, Life Over Cancer (to complement my wife’s local conventional cancer care and) to first help slow and then to help shrink many of the approximately thirty lesions that had spread to her lungs and which were causing her to waste away from cachexia.
Everyone’s situation is different. Some have money, physical or other limitations that prevent travel. But my experience with my wife’s health demonstrates that it’s possible to experience significant benefits despite such limitations. We only made the decision to travel to the Block Center after my wife had experienced shrinkage to the lesions.
We were so impressed with what had happened that we wanted to have additional testing done to see what other recommendations we could get for my wife’s specific biochemical conditions existing in her body that were contributing to her illness. But we had significantly benefitted before the trip.
The bottom line is not being able to visit the Block Center is no reason to avoid learning some of the basic principles of integrative cancer care and doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.
That said, we were finally able to take a trip to The Block Center. We met with a staff oncologist, nutritionist, psychologist (to discuss psychological factors that may contribute to cancer) and Dr. Block himself. They ran extensive blood tests to clarify the exact biochemical conditions existing in my wife’s body that, according to the integrative cancer care principles as outlined in Life Over Cancer, have likely contributed to her particular cancer and emailed me an extensive report of the results with their comments and recommendations.
We have no regrets that we went, but each person has to make that decision based on their particular situation, resources, limitations, desires and needs.