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Released: 27-Jul-2020 6:05 AM EDT
A quest for excellence
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Ivan Piñón, MD, once thought his future would lead to the lab bench. But a long career practicing as an endocrinologist has led him to the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center to serve as a crucial part of the effort to build a thyroid and parathyroid center of excellence.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 6:05 AM EST
Grounded in Science
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Doctors face a difficult decision when they must choose a drug combination that will benefit the person sitting before them in an exam room. Statistics can’t show how any one person will respond to a reatment.works in people. Dr. Sarah Adams is using a $1.2M to find better ways to predict which women will benefit from her drug combination, now in clinical trials.

Released: 1-Apr-2019 5:05 AM EDT
Help to Quit
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Smoking is a notoriously difficult habit to break. To make matters worse, it diminishes the effectiveness of cancer treatment. A new initiative at UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center will offer cancer patients the tools they need to beat their addiction.

Released: 21-Mar-2019 7:05 AM EDT
Robots Improve Cancer Surgery
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Victor Phuoc, MD, FACS, at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is pioneering new surgeries in New Mexico using the da Vinci robot. Robotic surgeries, he says, offer several advantages and combine the best features of open and laparoscopic surgeries to help patients recover even faster and easier from complex surgeries.

Released: 9-Dec-2015 4:05 AM EST
Nutritionist Helps People to Keep Eating During Their Cancer Treatment
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nutritionist Ernestine Trujillo, MS, RD, LD, plays an important role in helping people through their cancer treatment: she helps them to eat. Eating keeps their strength up so that they can get through treatment. But eating during cancer treatment isn’t always easy. Trujillo offers myriad methods to help people get the nutrition they need.

Released: 29-Oct-2015 4:05 AM EDT
More than Math: Biostatistics Strengthens Cancer Research
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Ji-Hyun Lee, DrPH, leads the Biostatistics team at UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. "My work helps to improve patient's care," she says. Statistics is the science of collecting, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting data to make decisions. Statisticians help teams of scientists through the entire scientific process; biostatistics applies to health science areas, like cancer.

Released: 26-Oct-2015 4:05 AM EDT
Lung Cancer Specialist Brings New Treatments and Hope to New Mexicans
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

This year, more than 158,000 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer. That’s a staggering number: it’s more than all the deaths expected from breast, prostate, colon, rectum, bladder and skin cancers combined. But this grim statistic only spurs Yanis Boumber, MD, PhD, to work harder toward a cure. Boumber, a lung cancer doctor and scientist, recently joined the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Released: 27-May-2015 6:00 AM EDT
Cancer Genetic Counselor Helps People to Look Beyond the Numbers
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Shawnia Ryan, MS, CGC is the second certified cancer genetic counselor in the state of New Mexico. She helps people make sense of the statistics and genetic information to answer their personal cancer genetic questions.

Released: 24-Jul-2014 6:00 AM EDT
Connecting People to Possibility for Better Cancer Treatments
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

UNM Cancer Center welcomes Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD, as Associate Director for Clinical Research. Dr. Rixe will bring new cancer treatments to New Mexicans as he develops programs in early-phase cancer clinical trials.


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