Keith Block, MD on what to do when you’ve been told there’s nothing more that can be done

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Following is a copy of a repost from Dr. Keith Block’s blog. Dr. Block is the author of Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment, cofounder of The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment (blockmd.com) and considered by many to be the father of the integrative cancer treatment movement. He has dealt with advanced stage cancers for over thirty years.

In this post Dr. Block addresses the important question of what to do when you (or a loved one) has been told that there’s nothing more that can be done.

Hearing your oncologist say “there is nothing more that we can do for you” is undeniably traumatic and distressing. What he or she is essentially saying, however, is that there is nothing left in the conventional arsenal that can be done to eradicate the cancer. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that there is nothing else that can be done. At the Block Center, our integrative approach doesn’t focus solely on eradicating disease, but also on helping patients restore their biological, psychological, nutritional and physical strength. We also assess and correct a patient’s biochemical terrain, which can either help promote, or help thwart, the growth of cancer. By using the widest array of integrative tools and techniques, we have seen patients win back their health, and ultimately, win back their lives.

Many patients come to us having been through multiple surgeries and/or treatments. As a result, they are often overwhelmed, debilitated, and depressed or anxious. Our individually tailored, comprehensive “cancer rehab” program includes therapeutic diet, selective supplementation, stress-care strategies, and prescriptive exercise. These programs help fortify patients against the physical decline, pain, fatigue and weakness associated with both the disease and treatment. As a result, most patients report a renewed sense of energy and vitality, allowing us to then evaluate what treatment options are most appropriate for them.

Leaving No Stone Unturned

As Dr. Block writes in Life Over Cancer, there are almost always “meaningful strategies to try even if your doctor feels that further treatment would be of little value.” He defines 5 categories of “no-stone-unturned therapies” that can be considered during this phase of a patient’s care. All meet his criteria of 1) having been proved safe, 2) having at least some evidence of effectiveness, and 3) having a favorable cost/convenience ratio. These are:

The off-label use of pharmaceuticals
Vaccines and immune therapies
Targeted molecular therapies
Reasonable and responsible alternative therapies
Traditional medicine systems.
For additional information, visit http://www.blockmd.com, call the Block Center at 847-492-3040, or check out Life Over Cancer (www.amazon.com) or call 800-834-8787.

“With my patients I have always been an uncompromising realist, yet I have never given up on anyone.” Dr. Keith Block, Life Over Cancer.

Please note: I’m an Amazon affiliate if Dr. Block’s book (Life Over Cancer) is ordered through the above link. If you choose to order this book through this link we appreciate your help in covering the cost of my wife’s ongoing chemo treatments.  

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February 28, 2014 · 12:45 pm

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