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Dr. Colleen McCormick joins the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her curiosity and desire to work with patients from the beginning of their diagnosis to the end of their care led her to gynecologic oncology.
20-Sep-2022 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Molecular Musical Chairs

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is safe and effective – but it’s not for everyone. Michelle Ozbun, PhD, and her team at UNM Cancer Center published a research article earlier this year in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in which...
31-Aug-2022 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Intricate Interplay

Kimberly Leslie, MD, was awarded a four-year, $1.8 million grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) to further study high-risk uterine cancer. Her research has led her to study the differences between natural progesterone and synthetic progestins...
16-Aug-2022 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Cheryl Sampson Hired to Lead UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Clinical Research Office

Cheryl Sampson has close to 25 years in health care research administration experience at both a university cancer center and in the health system setting. It gives her a unique combination of experience that suits the unique nature of the job in...
25-Jul-2022 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

In With the New

“I think for me, what I find most interesting about rectal cancer is the multidisciplinary and individualized care and a new trend in treatment to offer organ preservation instead of surgery in selected patients,” she said. “I love surgery,...
19-Jul-2022 4:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Getting Here from There

This assistance is highly important. It ultimately affects some patients who might not otherwise be successful with treatment if they are constantly stressed with having to find the means to stay here or get here.
1-Jun-2022 10:15 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Blasting Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer affects nearly 84,000 people in the United States each year, making it the sixth most common cancer. Most people survive it, but unfortunately, many lose their bladders. Neda Hashemi, MD, and her team at The University of New Mexico...
26-Apr-2022 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Filling in the Gaps

With all that the Land of Enchantment has to offer, skin cancer isn’t on the top on anyone’s list. But abundant sunshine and a dearth of dermatologists in the state pose a challenge for detecting and treating the various forms of skin cancer....
18-Apr-2022 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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In His Blood

A former fellow at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Shashank Cingam comes back to New Mexico to Treat blood cancers.
7-Nov-2022 11:05 AM EST

A quest for excellence

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...
27-Jul-2020 6:05 AM EDT

Grounded in Science

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...
3-Mar-2020 6:05 AM EST

Help to Quit

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.
1-Apr-2019 5:05 AM EDT

Robots Improve Cancer Surgery

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...
21-Mar-2019 7:05 AM EDT

Nutritionist Helps People to Keep Eating During Their Cancer Treatment

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...
9-Dec-2015 4:05 AM EST

More than Math: Biostatistics Strengthens Cancer Research

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....
29-Oct-2015 4:05 AM EDT

Lung Cancer Specialist Brings New Treatments and Hope to New Mexicans

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...
26-Oct-2015 4:05 AM EDT

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