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Lobos Love Pink Basketball Games

To mark National Cancer Prevention Month, The University of New Mexico Men’s and Women’s basketball teams hope to pack the house with pink in coming weeks in honor of breast cancer survivors and fighters.
19-Feb-2020 12:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

Skin Cancer Screening in Taos

The UNM Department of Dermatology and the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center are hosting free skin cancer screenings around the state to address the state's dermatologist shortage. The next screening clinic will take place in Taos, N.M., on Feb. 29.
11-Feb-2020 8:45 AM EST Add to Favorites

Cervical Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in women worldwide, but most American women can prevent it by being screened on time with tests that detect human papillomaviruses (HPV). A new study led UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists...
7-Feb-2020 6:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

A Fat-Fighting Drug Discovery

Cancer-fighting compound fights obesity and diabetes: Eric Prossnitz, PhD, and his team reported that G-1, a cancer-fighting compound they discovered some years ago, reduces fat in obese mice. Although G-1 is currently in phase 1 clinical trials for...
6-Feb-2020 6:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Vegetable Gardening to Grow Health

The Southwest Harvest for Health pilot study pairs cancer survivors with local master gardeners who have been trained in gardening techniques that address New Mexico’s growing challenges. The pair will create a vegetable garden at the...
30-Jan-2020 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Basketball Game Blurs Party Lines

At the end of each legislative session, New Mexico’s senators and representatives lace up to play a hotly-contested basketball game. No one officially tracks how many games each team has won — or any other statistics — because, in the end, the...
27-Jan-2020 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

A Menu of Brain Cancer Treatments

Sara Piccirillo, PhD, is passionate about finding a way to beat glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of brain cancer. Her research focuses on a feature of glioblastoma tumors that appears to be the source of their strength: the extreme differences...
23-Jan-2020 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Discovery Could Lead to New Breast Cancer Drugs

Eric Prossnitz, PhD, and his team have recently completed studies on a compound that they think could be made to attack breast cancer cells differently than current drugs. Their work is reported in the November online issue of Cell Chemical Biology....
7-Jan-2020 6:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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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

Cancer Genetic Counselor Helps People to Look Beyond the Numbers

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.
27-May-2015 6:00 AM EDT

Connecting People to Possibility for Better Cancer Treatments

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.
24-Jul-2014 6:00 AM EDT

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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 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 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 $60 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


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