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Cancer screening rates are significantly lower in US Federally Qualified Health Centers

A national study led by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive Cancer Center found major gaps in breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening use in Federally...
29-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Starting Stem Earlier

The UNM Comprehensive Center is expanding a program aimed at encouraging young people to explore research as a career field. In addition to a first-ever middle school component, the program is adding more opportunities for high school and...
20-Mar-2024 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Spurring Action Against Cervical Cancer

Prajakta Adsul, MBBS, PhD, MPH, from UNM Cancer Center attended the White House Cervical Cancer Forum focused on education, prevention, early detection and treatment. The Forum was held in late January.
16-Feb-2024 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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A Game Changer for Blood Cancer Treatment in New Mexico

For the first time ever in New Mexico, doctors at UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center have treated blood cancer patients by transplanting cells from a donor. Late last year, Matthew Fero, MD, FACP, and the Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplant team...
8-Jan-2024 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Sharing the Wealth

A cancer diagnosis scares most people. Those outside of large population centers like Albuquerque have the additional concern of having to travel to get timely, specialized medical treatment. Now, a new program at The University of New Mexico...
6-May-2024 11:05 AM EDT

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Making Patients Whole

For Gladys Tsao-Wu, MD, and Jennifer Chan, MD, reconstruction is as much about helping patients recover emotionally as it is about physical restoration. For over a decade, the two surgeons have been a team, helping breast cancer survivors in New...
3-Nov-2023 11:05 AM EDT

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

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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 more than 120 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 approximately 14,000 patients in about 100,000 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. A total of nearly 400 patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments that include tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The more than 100 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded $35.7 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects. Since 2015, they have published nearly 1000 manuscripts, and promoting economic development, they filed 136 new patents and launched 10 new biotechnology start-up companies. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 500 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at unmhealth.org/cancer.


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