Ben Chue, M.D., Medical Director

Dr. Ben Chue is a pioneer in the use of low-dose chemotherapy, also known as “metronomic dosing”. He is always searching for more effective treatments with fewer side-effects for his patients, many of whom have advanced-stage cancers.

Long before most other oncologists, Ben developed breakthrough treatments that are now considered standard, including: Herceptin for early stage aggressive breast cancers. Click here to read an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; therapy with the smart drug, Rituxan, for aggressive lymphoma; and aromatase inhibitors, a type of hormone therapy for women with estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.

His expertise is innovative approaches to certain difficult-to-treat cancers: pancreatic, brain, metastatic melanoma and relapsed lymphoma and leukemia.

In 2006, details of his promising new treatment for late-stage pancreatic cancer were published in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology. A clinical trial is currently underway testing the new protocol. Click here to read the abstract.

“Dr. Chue never gives up and is willing to seek out new methods of treatment instead of only relying on the tried and true standards,” says Aaron Barrett, a pancreatic cancer patient who credits Ben with saving his life in 2005. Click here to read Aaron’s story.) “I am extremely encouraged by his positive attitude, meticulous approach, and devotion to finding a cure."

Ben is board certified in medical oncology and a clinical instructor at the UW School of Medicine. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and received his doctorate of medicine degree at the University of California, San Francisco.

He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Washington, and his fellowship in medical oncology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington Cancer Center and Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Ben came to Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center in 1998, becoming one of the first medical oncologists anywhere to work in a team that includes naturopathic oncologists, practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and mind-body medicine social workers.

“The patient gets the best of two worlds here,” he says. “Medical oncology is our platform for treatment, supported by scientifically-based measures like nutrition, naturopathy, mind-body medicine, acupuncture, and spiritual wellness. We offer our patients the full range of cancer-fighting tools from both conventional and complementary medicine.”

Nick Chen, M.D., Ph.D

Dr. Nick Chen 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,” Nick says. “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.”

When medical doctors work side by side with naturopathic oncologists, practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and mind-body specialists, Nick adds, the communication between team members is prompt, continuous and complete.

“The patient is the winner when everybody works together in a seamless integration of treatment,” he says.

Board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine with a Ph.D. in immunology, Nick has provided patient care and studied medicine on three continents. He served hematology fellowships at University Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and Shanghai Medical University in China and earned his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Iowa.

He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a fellowship in medical oncology at Moffitt Cancer Treatment Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, one of the top comprehensive cancer centers in the nation.

Nick joined the integrative cancer treatment team at Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center in 2002.

He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American Medical Association.

”Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapies and other medical treatments address the cancer head-on, while science-based complementary therapies help ease the side effects and improve the outcome,” Nick explains.

Mind-body support and patient empowerment are also vital, he says.

“We can use our thoughts and emotions to help the body heal faster. The more involved the patient is in his or her treatment program, the better the patient will feel mentally and emotionally. When one moves from victim to victor, it is much easier to visualize and achieve success.”