Training our future melanoma experts

Training our future melanoma experts

22 June 2017

Specialists come from far and wide to learn from our melanoma experts at MIA. We chatted with our latest Surgical Oncology Fellow, Eva Nagy, to find out more about life as a surgical oncologist, why she came to MIA and what she hopes to achieve.

What does a typical day at MIA look like for you?

Treatment of patients begins in the clinic where I consult with newly-diagnosed patients. I also see them following their surgery, co-ordinate their multidisciplinary referral and undertake their long-term follow up.

In the operating theatre, I work closely with mentors who are experts in their fields. I also attend meetings with other specialists where we discuss the latest in treatment strategies for complex cases in the context of current guidelines.

As a researcher, I contribute to recruitment of melanoma patients to clinical trials and assist with the important tumour and serum banking at MIA.

What drives you to come to work each day?

I believe I’m making a positive impact on patients’ lives and have a multifaceted role that is very rewarding. The experience of a cancer patient is extremely challenging, both emotionally and physically. The surgical oncologist plays one of many important roles in communicating options and instigating patient management. It is more than simply ‘cutting out the cancer’; it is about the holistic approach to the patients’ wellbeing.

I also have the pleasure of working with some of the best specialists in the world at MIA who are deeply passionate about ensuring that we employ the best treatment techniques in the world to lead to the best possible outcomes for patients.

I’m excited about the advances we are making through research too. Hopefully, this will lead us to ultimately curing patients while preserving their quality of life.

Where did you work before coming to MIA?

I completed my studies (BMedSci, MBBS and PhD) in Melbourne. I wanted to utilise my medical degree and travel, so I worked in Fiji for some time before moving to Singapore for three years, where I worked as a Senior Surgical Officer. Working in a high volume centre with amazingly driven surgeons is where my passion in surgery truly manifested. I returned to Australia where I completed my surgical training. I decided that working with cancer patients in the setting of collaborative research was for me.

Why did you want to work at MIA?

During my training, I had the pleasure of working with MIA’s Professor Andrew Spillane. I gained a deep appreciation for the diversity of surgeries, adjuvant treatments and trials that were underway. Management is constantly changing based on new research and data; I wanted to be part of that story. MIA is the largest melanoma cancer institute with the most experienced and field-leading doctors in the world. With high volumes of patients with complex pathology, I knew being part of this team would allow me to be the best surgical oncologist I could possibly be. I am surrounded with enthusiastic mentors who share my passion for my vocation and I look forward to working with them closely as a Fellow here.