The Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation and The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center are sponsoring a free public information forum about MDS.


Myelodysplastic syndromes are a group of bone marrow disorders. Bone marrow is the soft spongy tissue inside certain human bones that creates blood cells. In MDS, the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy mature blood cells.

People with MDS can get frequent infections, spontaneously bleed, bruise easily, or feel tired or short of breath. MDS affects mostly people 65 years or older, but they can affect people of any age.

Scientists do not know what causes MDS. New treatments are continually being developed. In this forum, MDS experts will give patients, their families and their caregivers the latest information about MDS treatments and strategies for living with MDS. Attendees must register for the forum. A free breakfast and lunch is included. Register at https://www.mds-foundation.org/patient-and-family-forum-registration-2018-series/.


Presenters at the forum will be: Cecilia Arana Yi, MD, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico Emily A. Knight, MSN, FNP-BC Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona


Saturday, March 3, 2018 9:30 am to 2:00 pm


Embassy Suites Albuquerque Hotel & Spa 1000 Woodward Place, NE Albuquerque, NM   87102 Ocotillo Meeting Room on the First Floor


Cecilia Arana Yi, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She is a member of the Leukemia and Stem Cell Transplant Multidisciplinary team and serves as the faculty lead for the MDS Foundation Center of Excellence designation at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Arana Yi is the principal investigator of clinical and translational studies in MDS, acute leukemias and myeloproliferative neoplasms at UNM. She is board certified in hematology, oncology and internal medicine. Her research is funded by the Oxnard Foundation and the Department of Defense.


Dorothy Hornbeck, JKPR, 505-340-5929, [email protected].

About the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 600 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and 70 percent of the children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,928 patients in 92,551 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $50 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at www.cancer.unm.edu.