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Cancer Drugs: Given At the Optimal Time, They Are More Effective

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Dr. Keith Block has an integrative perspective on cancer treatment. He believes that if the knowledge and technology are blended well, cancer drugs can be more effective.

The optimal timing of drugs is a good example of this. Coordinating the literature and the information available on the best time to administer particular drugs in particular ways for particular cancers, can make the drugs in question far more effective, offering even greater hope of full recovery.

(Transcribed from video interview)

Dr. Block:
So, you don’t know whether your doctor is giving you your cancer drugs at the right time. In fact, most of the time, it’s just random. Whatever time of day you fit into a physician’s schedule is the time that you’ll get the drugs. When in fact, what we know with various drugs is that there’s a more optimal window either early in the morning for some drugs late afternoon, even some drugs in the middle of the night is the best time for those drugs to take place.

You would have to actually develop a center that has the right technology and a trained staff to really be able to provide these drugs at the optimal timing. And then you have to go to the medical literature, as we have done, and set up systems for every type of chemotherapy protocol with every type of disease. And then when you match that the only issue really is, is to have the right kinds of pumps that allow you to administer or infuse the drugs based on computer chips.

Basically it’s an analogy that allows us to time the drugs and so a patient can wear their fanny pack. We have patients who walk along the lake in Evanston while their drugs are running. We have others who have actually roller bladed or exercised while their drugs are running. So it creates a completely different image of what’s possible for chemotherapy.

Most importantly, it mitigates toxicity substantially and the evidence is, is that, done right, it can boost the effectiveness of drugs as well.

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