Integrative Oncology – Working with your Team to Optimize Care

With up to 87% of cancer patients are choosing to combine standard cancer treatment, like chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, with integrative therapies.  These include special diets, herbal and vitamin supplements, acupuncture, massage, meditation, exercise, and other lifestyle practices. 

Providers practicing integrative oncology note positive patient outcomes based on the fusion of evidence-based recommendations and long-standing traditional use.  New research is published daily on the safety, benefits, and cautions of combining integrative therapies with conventional care.

The challenge, and mandate, for integrative oncology providers is to deliver the best care for patients in a manner that is multidisciplinary, is scientifically sound, honors patient choice, addresses the health of the whole person, and achieves the best prognosis and quality of life for patients.

Dr. Niesley, ND, MS, FABNO

Dr. Niesley’s experience in internal medicine and oncology, as well as in clinical research design and execution, allows her to easily understand and integrate into the current evidence-based model of modern conventional medicine.

Dr. Niesley is a previous member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is the past-president of the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Niesley has published multiple research articles on integrative oncology and research topics, and has been a speaker and presented multiple abstracts at various national and international conferences. 

Dr. Niesley is originally from the Portland area, and attended University of Oregon for her undergraduate degree. Dr. Niesley left her position as the Director of Clinical Research at CTCA, Philadelphia, in February 2016. She is excited to be raising her own children here in her home state of Oregon.

Education, Research & Experience:

  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, Seattle, 2001
  • Hospital-based residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), Chicago, 2001-2003
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, 2003-2004
  • Masters in Evaluative Clinical Sciences, with an emphasis on Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Dartmouth College, 2005
  • Co-Director of Integrative Medicine Research, Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago 2005-2007; 2009-2010
  • Naturopathic Doctor: Avante Medical Center, Anchorage, 2008-2009
  • Naturopathic Doctor, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia, 2010-2012
  • Director of Research at CTCA, Philadelphia, 2013-2016
  • Naturopathic Doctor at Pacific Integrative Oncology, 2017-present
  • Executive Director for Pediatric Health Outcomes Initiative, 2017-present 

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4 weeks ago

Michelle Niesley

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) manifests as tingling, pain, burning or numbness in the fingers and toes, and can also cause difficulty with fine-motor skills. It is one of the most debilitating long-term side effects in breast cancer survivors. Fortunately, a recent study has shown that acupuncture can help with sensation and relief of pain with no serious side effects.

Read the abstract here: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7160396/
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4 weeks ago

Michelle Niesley

Early to bed, early to rise! A chronotype is a person's propensity to go to sleep earlier or later in a 24-hour cycle. Studies have shown that people with late chronotypes tend to have poorer health outcomes.

A 2020 study showed that survivors of ovarian cancer who are late chronotypes reported higher levels of pain, which was associated with poorer sleep and diet quality as well as higher levels of inflammation and insulin.
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4 weeks ago

Michelle Niesley

A recent Oregon State study showed that older adults that took a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement had improved vitamin C and zinc status in their blood, and reported feeling better and more energetic. Talk to your doctor about whether taking regular multi-vitamins—and which one—is right for you. See the study here: www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/8/2447 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Michelle Niesley

Adding a little light intensity physical activity to your week can have significant positive effects on dietary quality as we age. A recent study showed that older women who started talking more frequent walks consumed more nutrients promoting bone health. Start scheduling walks or short bike rides in the morning when it's still cool! Read more: www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/8/2431 ... See MoreSee Less

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