Women's Cancers Symposium and Vendor Fair

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center in collaboration with the Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project are proud to present the Inaugural Women’s Cancers Symposium. This two-day symposium brings together distinguished faculty from UNM, the University of Colorado and other institutions to focus on the medical management of common and important challenges that face health-care professionals who care for women with cancer.

The multi-specialty approach and concise symposium format allow participants to explore survivorship issues and cutting-edge treatment options for various areas of breast and gynecological cancer patient care.

The Saturday symposium will also include vendors to provide attendees with even more up-to-date information. Continuing Medical Education available 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™)

Open to all pre-registered healthcare providers.

Listen to the podcast with Amy Gundelach, RN, and Sarah Adams, MD.

Women's Cancers Symposium
October 19 • 7 am to 4:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel
201 Marquette Ave NW • Albuquerque, NM 87102

Register Online

Keynote Speaker

Saketh Guntupalli, MD

Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at Denver.

Author, Sex and Cancer – Intimacy, Romance, and Love after diagnosis and treatment

Dr. Guntupalli is a leading national and international expert in women’s cancer and has lectured all over the world on surgical expertise and molecular mechanisms of cancer.

Book Summary

(Books will be available for purchase)
An intimate partnership has physical and psychological components, both of which often take a hit when cancer enters the union. The prospect, and then the process, of treatments tend to alter the way the two people relate to each other. When the diagnosis is one of gynecologic or reproductive cancer for a woman, questions of sexual intimacy and function often color relationships, confuse partners, and raise concerns that other cancers might not.

With an estimated 83,000 women a year added to the rolls of those battling gynecologic cancers and 300,000 women a year added to rolls of those battling breast cancer, Sex and Cancer focuses on surviving and thriving—more than 70 percent of women with gynecologic cancers now survive!—and helps readers mitigate outcomes and overcome challenges of sexual dysfunction after a cancer diagnosis; reassess the priorities in an intimate relationship to support the patient’s struggle, healing, and libido; and learn to interact with the professionals tasked with saving lives and enhancing those areas affected by cancer diagnosis and treatment. Sex and Cancer features stories that illuminate insights about the impact of gynecologic and reproductive cancers on relationships. The stories give life to guidance that’s critical in shaping the effect that gynecologic cancer has on intimate relationships. And readers will find insight, comfort, and suggestions for addresses the questions about intimacy and sexual function that are often left unexpressed.


Shawnia Ryan, MS, CGC
Program Operations Director of the Hereditary Cancer Assessment Program

Deana Benjamin, MS, PT, CLT
Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Christus St. Vincent Sports Medicine Founder of Lymphedema &Lipedema NM

Harmony Bowles, PharmD, BCOP
UNM Cancer Center Oncology Clinical Pharmacist

Darcy Cooke, PA-C
UNM Cancer Center Breast Oncology Physician Assistant

Bernard Tawfik, MD
UNM Cancer Center
Breast Medical Oncologist

Ricardo Gomez, MD
UNM Cancer Center
Gynecologic Oncology Fellow

Sarah Adams, MD
UNM Cancer Center Gynecologic Oncologist

In addition to the list of speakers there will be 3 lunch talks provided by Astra Zeneca, Novartis and Pfizer on the topics of Breast Cancer, Gyn Cancer and Survivorship.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For additional information, please contact HSC Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development at 505-272-3942 or HSC-CMEWeb@salud.unm.edu.

Registration Fees

Minimum and maximum registration numbers have been established for this conference. Advance registration is encouraged. Register early to avoid disappointment. The registration fee includes conference materials, breakfast, refreshment breaks, and lunch. Due to limited enrollment, your registration will be confirmed. Please confirm your registration before making travel arrangements. Present your confirmation at registration check-in.

Registration Options:

  • Online with credit card,
  • Standard US Mail: Make check payable to: UNM Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development Mail Registration Form & check to: UNM CME, MSC09 5370, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. (It is UNM policy to charge offerer $35.00 plus normal merchant bank fees for each returned check.)
  • In person/faxed: Cash must be in the exact amount of tuition. CME does not maintain a petty cash fund. Fax 505-272-8604 registrations accepted with VISA and MasterCard. Faxed registration which do not have credit card information provided will not be processed. Your registration will be confirmed by email. UNM CME no longer accepts POs.


If you pre-register and cannot attend, Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development will refund tuition, less a $40.00 administrative fee, provided it is received in writing on or before October 11, 2019. No refunds will be issued after this date or for non-attendance. Conferences are subject to cancellation. In the event this conference is cancelled, UNM CME is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by participants.

UNM Tuition Remission

All eligible UNM Faculty and Staff may enroll using a UNM Tuition Remission (waiver) to cover tuition costs listed on the registration form. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION SITE.
Email a copy of the UNM Tuition Remission Form, along with a copy of the conference registration form, to: HSC-CMEWeb@salud.unm.edu (fax (505) 272-8604). Click this link to download the conference registration form. Proper completion includes all required signatures. No refund or credit will be issued for non-attendance.