A Prescription for Healing

A Prescription for Healing

Royce Hendler, RN, knows a little something about breast cancer, both personally and professionally. As a nurse for plastic surgeon Ronald Schuster, she sees first hand the anxiety that breast cancer survivors experience as they come to his office for breast reconstruction. And testing positive for the breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA-2) means that Royce has a higher than average likelihood of developing the disease, just as her mother did. In fact, breast cancer has touched three generations of her family so when Royce talks about breast cancer and its impact, she speaks from the heart. She sums up her allegiance to UM-St. Joseph Medical Center’s Cancer Institute in three short words: Dr. Michael Schultz, director of the Breast Center and interim director of the Cancer Institute.

Royce has known Dr. Schultz for 40 years. And during that time she has watched a physician that goes “above and beyond” to take care of his patients. “He is adored by his patients and staff. His goal, in addition to clinical excellence, is to ‘be there’ for his patients and make a difference, regardless of the outcomes.”

“As a nurse, I am aware of what tends to make patients more comfortable and less stressed. Dr. Schultz and his entire staff specialize in compassionate care. It isn’t something that can be taught. But he sets the tone for his colleagues and the result is a spectacular level of warmth and kindness directed at his patients.”

“Dr. Schultz and his staff are the medicine that helps the patients make it through each day. We are very blessed to have him.”

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