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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Michelle Niesley

Maintaining healthy habits will help reduce cancer rates even for individuals with higher cancer risks. People with psoriasis have a higher risk of developing site-specific cancers, but lifestyle factors such as smoking and alcohol use also contribute to higher cancer rates. If you have psoriasis, good habits will help keep you healthy. jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/2753127 ... See MoreSee Less

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Michelle Niesley

Regular exercise is associated with improved survival rates for a wide variety of cancers. Exercise is also highly recommended for cancer survivors, as it has been shown to reduce many cancer related outcomes including anxiety, depression, and fatigue. acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21579 ... See MoreSee Less

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Michelle Niesley

Eating yogurt and fiber rich foods will help more than just your stomach! A healthy diet can be an important factor in preventing the development of cancers. Research has found that people who eat more fiber and yogurt may be less likely to develop lung cancer. People with the highest fiber intake and yogurt consumption among the study were 33% less likely to develop lung cancer than those had little of either. jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2753175 ... See MoreSee Less

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Michelle Niesley

Get active every day! A recent study found that men who are current or former smokers may be up to 75% less likely to develop or die from lung cancer when they’re more physically fit. More here: www.reuters.com/article/us-health-smokers-fitness/current-and-ex-smokers-may-lower-lung-cancer-ri... ... See MoreSee Less

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Michelle Niesley

Staying at a healthy weight can increase your survival rate for colorectal cancer, according to a study conducted by the NYU School of Medicine. Both underweight and overweight colorectal cancer patients have a higher mortality rate than those who are within the healthy range. Staying active and eating well can keep you healthy for years to come. Read more here: www.medscape.com/viewarticle/920913 ... See MoreSee Less

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