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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3 weeks ago

Michelle Niesley

A French study followed over 101,000 people for five years to see if drinking high-sugar beverages, including 100% juice, increased the risk of developing cancer. The researchers found people who drank the most sugary drinks had an 18% increased risk of developing some type of cancer. This effect was even more significant for breast cancer, with a 22% increased risk. Drinking 100% fruit juice was associated with a 12% risk of developing cancer. Although this study is an observational study, which means the researchers can't conclude the sugary drinks caused the increase in cancer, reducing sugary drinks in our diet is an easy way to help prevent not only cancer, but other disease such as diabetes.

The research was published online on July 10 in the BMJ: www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l2408
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3 weeks ago

Michelle Niesley

Detoxification Tip #5: Breathe! 😚 Respiration is how we take in healing oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide. But most people breathe only into their chest, and do not breathe into their diaphragm. While sitting, take a deep breath in through the nose, making sure your belly, not your chest, rises with the breath. Inhale for a count of four. Hold for a count of one. Then exhale for a count of four, or extend to a count of 6. Repeat 5-10 times. This is a great thing to do any time you are feeling stressed, or to help you unwind before you go to bed. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Michelle Niesley

Detoxification Tip #4: Sleep! 😴 During active treatment, sleep can be challenging, especially on chemotherapy days if you are receiving steroids. Pain can also interfere with sleep. But sleep time is when our body 'cleans house' from all of the days activities. If you have trouble sleeping, do not watch TV or scroll on your phone of iPad just before bed. It is stimulating and will keep you awake. Exercise, even mild exercise, can help you to sleep better at night. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

Michelle Niesley

Detoxification Tip #3: Exercise! 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️ This doesn't need to be hour upon hour spent at a gym. Studies have shown that 150 minutes of exercise per week (including walking) helps to reduce treatment-related fatigue, boost mood, and reduces the risk of multiple types of cancer. This can even be broken up into short sessions Two 15-minute walks will be as beneficial as one 30-minute walk. So, get up and get moving! Anything that can make you sweat is also great for detoxification--like a sauna--is excellent for supporting optimal health. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

Michelle Niesley

Detoxification Tip #2: Eat a rainbow. 🌈 Have one meal every day that has "Five Different Colors". Gravy, ketchup, and sauces are NOT colors! Brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as berries and squash contain cancer-fighting phytonutrients. The nutrients found in these colorful foods also nourish your body during treatment, feeding your body the good stuff it needs to heal. It's easy to make dinner more colorful by adding a second vegetable, or adding carrots, seeds, or beans to a salad. ... See MoreSee Less

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