Dr. Keith Block cautions cancer survivors to be realistic about their scenario. He compares overcoming cancer to climbing Mount Everest. Knowing the challenges you face and being prepared for them will give you much better odds of surviving, and surviving well.
For these reasons Dr. Block makes programs available to patients at the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment that will help equip them to be able to get rid of their cancers for good.
(Transcribed from video interview)
Cancer therapy isn’t only about getting some drugs and it’s not even only about getting surgery done and the drugs completed and going into remission. Obviously that’s a huge goal but that’s only part of the picture.
The potential for these cancers to recur and grow again is very real. The nature of these cells is to lie dormant sometimes for months, sometimes for many years and then to start to get the wrong growth stimulation and re-grow and and show up when you least expect them.
Sending patients home with, “I’ll see you in six months,” is only an idea of catching it again. It’s not an idea of sending people home with a full program of recurrence prevention to really maintain and sustain a remission. So I actually believe that the first part of the story is only getting to the summit.
If you talk about Everest as a metaphor, getting to the summit is great. But we know most of the patients and most of the individuals, the climbers actually will die on their way down when some big storm comes or some problem. Re-acclimating is a big issue for climbers.
For cancer patients the same can be said. One needs to be fit. One needs to be equipped. One needs to be trained. But not only to get up there, one has to know the right turnaround time so that if you are not quite there that you start turning around to do the right strategies and therapies so that when you have gotten the success of a remission, that you can do everything you can to maintain it.
And fully comprehensive integrative medicine is essential for buying a recurrence prevention.