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

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2009)
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My doctor loaned this book to me to read after I was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It is packed full of information. I found it very useful. There is a lot of information in it that was just too (how do I describe it - lets use the word) meaty for me to take in at this time. But the basic dietary / relaxation /exercise information was great. I know that the medical team that are working to get good results for me are doing everything that they can. But I feel that I need to be doing som ...more
Very helpful, especially dietary information.
Dee Bibb
Some of the information given in this book seems to be is also just good common eating good healthy meals and taking vitamin supplements.

Dr. Block repeats a whole lot of the book over and over and that is something that really gets on my nerves. If the book has 300 pages....give me 300 pages of information...not 150 pages of repeated information.

Maybe if I were at his clinic in Illinois discussing the information with him in person....I would like the book bet
This is actually the second time I've read this book. It has a lot of good advice about how to prepare and deal with treatment and how to keep cancer from coming back. He does go into some scientific detail that is easy to skip over if you want. I have parts of this book bookmarked to go back to as a reference for tips on diet, exercise, and mind-body health, as well as an inspiration on living after cancer treatment.
Karl Seidel
May 08, 2010 Karl Seidel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone diagnosed with cancer.
Recommended to Karl by: Display at Keith Block's practice.
I've only read the first chapter of this wife has been reading it and I haven't gotten back to it yet. Keith Block heads an oncology clinic in Evanston, IL. If you're interested in complementary medicine and you or someone you know has cancer this is a book you'll want to read.
The second book I always recommend to people facing cancer diagnosis. I really love how he merges conventional and alternative medicine into "complimentary" medicine. WISH HE WAS A PEDIATRIC doctor! GREAT INFO.
Grace Dadoyan
This is an excellent, comprehensive book on complementary cancer treatments. A must-read for anyone with cancer looking to improve their treatment, recovery, or remission maintenance.
Looks like a great book, but I just can't stand any more cancer stuff right now. Not much use in my reading it anyway unless R buys in, and he doesn't want to read it, either. Back it goes.
If you have cancer, have had cancer, or never want to get cancer, please read this book.
Wonderful multi-faceted approach to cancer treatment.
Not sure how scientific this is.
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