The Block Center's Individualized Cancer Care
The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment was founded in 1980 by Drs. Keith and Penny Block. The Center's approach includes an individualized plan of care which involves the patient and a customized nutritional regimen with physical, psychological and emotional interventions. Admitting that conventional care therapies decrease the immune system's white blood cells and leave the patient vulnerable to infection, Dr. Block believes boosting immune support during chemotherapy is an important part of treatment. The nutrients selenium, beta-carotene and zinc increase natural killer cells and increase their cancer-killer activity. In addition he recommends beta-glucans, probiotics and glutamine to support immune health.
Other supplements Dr. Block recommends are: milk thistle, for protection against chemical toxicity; ginger, which reduces nausea and vomiting and detoxifies the body; Fu Zheng Chinese formulas, which help improve vitality and overcome fatigue; protein and amino acid formulas, which reduce muscle loss and help maintain immune and biological functioning; glutamine, which reduces some side effects of treatment; fish oil, which suppresses inflammation; and green tea, which acts as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
The American Cancer Society recommends a cancer-prevention diet of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains over refined grains and sugars, and lean cuts of unprocessed meat, emphasizing fish, chicken and beans as protein sources.