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Food for Thought

Some people must make the difficult decision whether to put food on the table or spend money on other necessities, such as a utility bill or rent. In a recently published paper, Jean McDougall, PhD, and colleagues report the results of a 400-person...
11-Jun-2020 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Creating a Vaccine against COVID-19

David Peabody, PhD, and Bryce Chackerian, PhD, are creating vaccines from particles that are the opposite of Trojan Horses: they look deadly on the outside but are harmless on the inside. Their virus-like particles may rouse the immune system into...
18-May-2020 10:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

On the Run to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Polly’s Run is on a mission to end pancreatic cancer. The annual fundraiser is held each year in honor of Polly Rogers, whose best friends and three sons started the 5K run-walk event after she died in 2009. This year, the event will be held...
6-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Coming Home to Fight Cancer

For Erika Maestas, MD, the journey to UNM Cancer Center is a journey home. Maestas grew up in Albuquerque, while her parents hailed from rural northern New Mexico. She likes that the UNM Cancer Center’s cutting edge research into cancer treatments...
24-Mar-2020 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Expert Team Tackles Thyroid and Parathyroid Diseases

When the thyroid and parathyroid glands don’t work well, the entire body feels out of balance. To tackle thyroid and parathyroid diseases, Nathan Boyd, MD, recently launched the UNM Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Program, housed at the UNM...
6-Mar-2020 4:15 PM EST Add to Favorites

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

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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

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 124 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), provide treatment to 65% of New Mexico’s cancer patients from all across the state and partner with community health systems statewide to provide cancer care closer to home. They treated 13,578 patients in 105,748 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. A total of 1,610 patients participated in cancer clinical trials, including 696 patients who participated in clinical trials testing new cancer treatments that include tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 132 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded $34.5 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 since 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 cancer.unm.edu


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