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The Challenge of Providing Integrative Cancer Care: An Interview With Keith Block, MD, and Penny Block, PhD

Interview by Nancy Nachman-Hunt

Keith Block, MD, serves as medical director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Evanston, Illinois, and is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed a Flex-Medicine residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and went on to do post-graduate training in nutritional oncology. He later trained in enteral and parenteral nutrition.

Among his many academic appointments are clinical assistant professor, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago; adjunct assistant professor of pharmacognosy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr Block is director of integrative medical education and also director of Integrative Oncology Fellowship at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. He also serves as editor in chief of the peer-reviewed medical journal Integrative Cancer Therapies (a Sage publication). Dr Block is author of Life Over Cancer (Bantam, 2009).

Penny B. Block, PhD, serves as executive director of the Block Center. She is a graduate of Cornell University and received her doctorate from the University of Chicago with an academic focus in psychosocial oncology and clinical emphasis on behavioral medicine. She has advanced training in clinical hypnosis and mind-body medicine and serves as assistant editor of the peerreviewed medical journal Integrative Cancer Therapies.

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