Nick Chen, MD, PhD
Medical Director & Medical Oncologist
Seattle Cancer Treatment & Wellness Center
"I work side by side with naturopathic oncology providers, practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and mind-body specialists. The communication between team members is prompt, continuous and complete."
- Nick Chen, MD, PhD
- Hebei Medical College, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
Internship / Residency
- Internal Medicine - University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
- Hematology - University Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
- Hematology - Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai, China
- Medical Oncology - H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa
- PhD, Immunology - University of Iowa, Iowa City
- Medical Oncology & Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
Dr. Nick Chen, medical oncologist and Medical Director at Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, strives to help his patients understand the full range of treatment options, not only for their disease, but for their overall quality of life.
"Cancer patients often suffer from decreased appetite, weight loss and a host of other mental and physical problems," says Dr. Chen. "Their nutritional, mental and emotional states affect their immunity and overall outcome. It is quite clear that the treatment of cancer must involve an integration of all of these areas to be successful."
Dr. Chen has been a pioneer in the use of low-dose, or “metronomic” chemotherapy, which fights tumors while reducing the often debilitating side effects of traditional chemotherapy. He believes that combining this technique with natural and supportive therapies provides a winning combination for his patients.
Board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine, Dr. Chen has provided patient care and studied medicine on three continents. He completed hematology fellowships at University Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and Shanghai Medical University in China. He also earned a PhD in immunology from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Chen completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a fellowship in medical oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa.
In 2002, Dr. Chen joined the integrative cancer treatment team at Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center. He has a special interest in research, currently serving as the center’s principle investigator. He also focuses on innovative approaches to difficult-to-treat cancers, such as lung cancer, metastatic melanoma, brain cancer and relapsed lymphoma.
He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American Medical Association.