UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center Hires Internationally-Known Breast Cancer Specialist From MD Anderson

Melanie Royce, MD, PhD and medical oncologist, has been named the Director of the Multidisciplinary Breast Program at the UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center (CRTC) and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the UNM School of Medicine.

Dr. Royce received her B.S. in Biology from the University of the Philippines (cum laude), her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology, and her M.D. from the University of Cincinnati, completed her Internship and Residency at Yale University and her Fellowship in Medical Oncology from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and specializes in the treatment of breast cancer.  Voted one of America's top physicians by the Consumer Research Council in 2003, Dr. Royce was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Attending Physician in the Breast Cancer Clinic where she supervised treatment of breast cancer patients and was principal investigator and co-investigator in several clinical trials.

Dr.  Royce is a Guest Editor for "Breast Diseases, a Year Book ® Quarterly has also been the Editor of the Internet Journal of Oncology from 2001 to the present.  She has won many prestigious awards including the Outstanding Achievement in Research Award from M.D. Anderson and the C.D. Howe Award for Clinical Excellence in Medical Oncology. She is widely published and has spoken to many organizations around the world.

Dr. Royce will be working to expand the Breast Cancer Clinic at the UNM CRTC.  "When I came to visit last year to speak at the Nancy Floyd Haworth Memorial Breast Cancer Medical Seminar, I fell in love with New Mexico," Royce said. "My goal is to make sure that all New Mexicans with breast cancer have access to the latest and very best therapies. We would like to discover unique biologies about breast cancer relevant to our population and focus on a comprehensive plan for disease management."

She added, No matter what stage a patient is in, there are important issues to address. Even when a patient is finished with his or her treatment, there is still a need for after-care for both the patient and their loved ones.

"The UNM CRTC is the perfect place for me to make a difference in patient's lives."

If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Melanie Royce, call 272-4946 or 1-800-432-6806.

The University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center is New Mexico's premier Cancer Center supported by the State and the National Cancer Institute to conduct innovative research and deliver state-of-the-art patient care. The UNM CRTC works to reduce the incidence of cancer in New Mexico, decrease cancer mortality and contribute to the world's understanding of cancer. With a staff of over 300 including more than 150 physicians and research scientists, the UNM CRTC maintains a vigorous clinical research program, participates in clinical trials and compiles and tracks data on all cancer cases affecting the state's diverse population.

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322

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