In the News - Archive

December 16 2015

Keep Eating! Nutritionist Helps Patients Through Treatment

Eating may be the last thing someone going through chemotherapy or radiation therapy wants to do. But, getting enough nutrients and calories is crucial to getting through treatment. UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center nutritionist Ernestine Trujillo, MS, RD, LD, helps people to get what they need by helping them discover what they [...]
December 07 2015

UNM Cancer Center to be Regional Hub for Cancer Disparity Research

Andrew Sussman, PhD, will be the co-Principal Investigator for a 3-year $750,000 grant that will make UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center the hub for research on cancer health disparities. Read the press release and the Albuquerque Business First article by Sal Christ. Also listen to Dr. Sussman's interview with Mike Jaxson, [...]
November 23 2015

New Device Makes Breast Cancer Surgery Easier for Everyone

The new FDA-approved SAVI® Scout device is approved for use at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center and will be available at other hospitals across the country in 2016. The new device helps surgeons find the tissue to be removed during a lumpectomy. It is a wireless radio transmitter that doesn't use radiation and [...]
November 05 2015

New Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trial Uses Aggressive Treatment

Physician and scientist Gregory Gan, MD, PhD, is the principal investigator for a new clinical trial that may help more people to undergo surgery to remove their pancreas tumors. And that may help more of them to live longer. The new clinical trial uses an aggressive treatment approach. “This clinical [...]
October 27 2015

New iPhone App Tracks Moles to Help Find Skin Cancer

Marianne Berwick, PhD, was part of the scientific team that worked with Apple to develop a new iPhone app that helps keep track of your moles. Moles that change -- either slowly or rapidly -- can be a sign of melanoma, a deadly skin cancer.  The app helps users catalog [...]
October 21 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness at Sandoval Regional Medical Center

Stephanie Fine, MD, splits her time between the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center clinic in Albuquerque and the Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho. Other doctors at UNM Cancer Center see patients at locations around the state. Dr. Fine talks about breast cancer symptoms and screening on 2-KASA-TV:  
October 21 2015

New Compound Prevents Abnormal Blood Vessel Growth

Renata Pasqualini, PhD, talks to Mike Jaxson at KSVF-FM in Artesia, about the new compound she and her multi-institutional international team discovered. The new compound, called Vasotide™, prevents abnormal blood vessel growth. It is stable enough to be administered using eye drops and could be developed to cut off blood [...]
October 08 2015

‘Lobos Love Pink’ Game Raises Awareness of Breast Cancer

The UNM Lobos are donning pink to raise awareness of breast cancer when they face the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors on October 17, 2015, at 5:00 pm at the 'Lobos Love Pink' football game. Stephanie Fine, MD, talks to Dan Mayfield about the game, breast cancer, and the UNM [...]
August 13 2015

UNM Cancer Center Earns Comprehensive Designation from NCI

The University of New Mexico Cancer Center has been awarded the highest federal designation for cancer centers. Comprehensive designation conferred by the National Cancer Institute, has been awarded to only 45 other cancer centers in the country and recognizes: the exceptional cancer care the center delivers for cancer diagnosis and treatment; the [...]
August 05 2015

Breakthrough in Ovarian Cancer

Angela Wandinger-Ness, PhD, Laurie Hudson, PhD, and Carolyn Muller, MD, led a team at UNM Cancer Center that discovered a previously unknown effect of the pain medicine ketorolac. Ketorolac is marketed as Toradol® and used to relieve pain after surgery. The FDA approved it in the 1970s. Drs. Wandinger-Ness, Hudson, [...]
June 29 2015

First Ever Lobo All-Star Game Raises Money for UNM Cancer Center

Record crowds of Lobo fans turned out for the first-ever Lobo All-Star Game. The game brought together stellar players from different eras, including Danny Granger, JR Giddens, Drew Gordon, and Tony Snell. Proceeds from the game went to the Lobo Club and to the Pink Pack Foundation which supports breast [...]
June 25 2015

Drug Combo Offers Hope for People with Advanced Melanoma

Monte Shaheen, MD, is among the authors of a paper that describes the new drug combination tested in a clinical trial. Dr. Shaheen oversaw the clinical trial at UNM Cancer Center. Once it has spread, melanoma is difficult to treat and only about 10 percent of people respond to chemotherapy. [...]
June 17 2015

New Discovery Could Help Men Fight Prostate Cancer

The new discovery links a common test for prostate cancer, PCA3, with a newly-discovered gene. Richard Lauer, MD, FACP, explains how this could help a million men fight prostate cancer by shedding light on how aggressive the disease might be for some men and what treatments might work well for [...]
June 16 2015

One-Dose HPV Vaccine Could Help Millions of Women Worldwide

Cosette Wheeler, PhD, published a paper with colleagues around the country that describes the results of two clinical trials. The trials showed that a single dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine Cevarix® could prevent about 75 percent of cervical cancers worldwide. Read the media alert and the Albuquerque Journal Front Page [...]
June 04 2015

What’s MY Risk? Genetic Counselor helps people make cancer decisions

Cancer affects about 10,000 people in New Mexico each year, but what risk a particular person have? Senior Genetic Counselor Shawnia Ryan, MS, CGC, helps people to gather as much information as they can to learn their personal risk of developing cancer. She also helps them to use that information [...]
May 27 2015

Mr. Swartz talks about the Splash Away Cancer! event

Joel Swartz, organizer and spokesperson for the Splash Away Cancer! event, tells Adam Atchison of "KRQE This Morning" about it. The event will be held at the UNM Johnson Gym pool (Seidler Natatorium) on Saturday, May 30. Registration begins at 7:30 am. All proceeds benefit the UNM Cancer Center and [...]
May 12 2015

Dr. Lauer Talks about Kidney Cancer Clinical Trial

The UNM Cancer Center recently opened an international clinical trial to test a personalized vaccine against kidney cancer and the first patient has enrolled. Dr. Lauer talks with Adam Atchison about the clinical trial on "KRQE This Morning."
May 11 2015

A New Device to Fight Brain Cancer Brings Hope

Chad Walde faces a terminal brain cancer diagnosis but he and his wife, Angela, are not giving up. Mr. Walde is among the first people in the United States to be approved for the NovoCure device; previously, the device had been approved only for recurrent brain cancer. Mr. and Mrs. Walde talk to Ryan [...]
April 28 2015

Welcome Coach Harriman, Lobo Men’s Basketball Assistant Head Coach

Christopher Harriman was recently hired as the new Lobo Men's Basketball Assistant Head Coach. He talked to KOB-TV about his decision to come here: how well it fit with his career plans, the opportunity to rebuild the team, and having access to world-class cancer care at the UNM Cancer Center [...]
April 27 2015

Clinical Trial for Personalized Kidney Cancer Vaccine Recruiting Patients

Anne Holmes is the first person in New Mexico to join a phase 3 clinical trial that tests a personalized vaccine for metastatic kidney cancer. Read the story the press release about the trial and about Ms. Holmes' treatment. Also read the Albuquerque Business First article by Sal Christ.
April 27 2015

Personalizing Cancer Treatment using ‘Big Data’

Cheryl Willman, MD, Scott Ness, PhD, and Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD, talk with Dan Mayfield on "The Morning Brew" about the new partnership, ORIEN, the UNM Cancer Center has joined. New Mexicans will now have access to even more personalized cancer treatments here in New Mexico. Read more about [...]
April 22 2015

Dr. Finlay talks about Palliative Care

Esme Finlay, MD, recently won the American Association for Hospice and Palliative Medicine's "Inspirational Leaders Under 40" award. She talked to Dan Mayfield on "The Morning Brew" about palliative care.
April 20 2015

SunZapp! A new skin cancer phone app to help protect against the sun

Skin cancer is on the rise and is one of the only cancers to be increasingly more common in the United States. Marianne Berwick, PhD, helped to launch a new phone app to help guide sun exposure, an important risk factor for skin cancer. The app asks questions about your [...]
April 16 2015

Willman, Brinker Receive STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Awards

Cheryl L. Willman, M.D., 2015 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow from STC.UNM on Vimeo. Cheryl Willman, MD, and C. Jeffrey Brinker, PhD, have been chosen to receive 2015 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Awards for their achievements as two of the University of New Mexico's leading innovators. The awards will be presented  at the [...]
April 06 2015

Cancer Treatment, Research and Training in New Mexico

Angela Wandinger-Ness, PhD, talks to Sarah Gustavus at New Mexico PBS about her research, cancer treatment in New Mexico and the UNM Cancer Center. They also talk about the importance of reaching young people to consider careers in the field and training people to broaden their experience with a worldwide [...]
March 25 2015

Inspired by Nature and Light

This year, the annual Art of Systems Biology event takes place at the Gerald Peters Gallery, the Peters Project, Santa Fe. The event will take place March 27 and 28 and the gallery will exhibit the pieces through most of April. This year's theme is "Inventory of Light," to celebrate [...]
March 12 2015

Satisfy your Sweet Tooth and Help Breast Cancer Patients, too!

Eat a cookie and help someone fight breast cancer! For the month of March, 2015, it is that easy. Rude Boy Cookies has teamed up with the Pink Pack to raise money for the UNM Cancer Center. The Pink Pack was started by Hugh Greenwood, UNM Men's Basketball team guard, [...]
March 05 2015

Senate ‘Lobos’ Beat House ‘Aggies’ in Basketball Fundraiser

The New Mexico Senate "Lobos" beat the House of Representative "Aggies" in an exciting "Hoops 4 Hope" game in Santa Fe. Instead of dividing along party lines, the legislature divided into the House and Senate teams to raise money for the UNM Cancer Center. Coach Bob Davie, UNM Lobo Football [...]
March 03 2015

Hoops 4 Hope Basketball Game Blurs Party Lines

The annual "Hoops 4 Hope" basketball game pits the New Mexico House "Aggies" against the Senate "Lobos" to raise money for cancer patients in New Mexico. The proceeds benefit the UNM Cancer Center, which offers many programs to help people with cancer throughout the state. This year's game will tip-off [...]
February 26 2015

Using ‘Big Data’ Against Cancer

The University of New Mexico Cancer Center has joined the world’s largest precision cancer research collaboration to speed development of targeted cancer treatments. Anchored by The Moffitt Cancer Center and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James), [...]
February 16 2015

Dr. Adams wins Liz Tilberis Award for Ovarian Cancer Research

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund announced recently that Sarah Adams, MD, renewed her Liz Tilberis grant award to support her ongoing ovarian cancer research. Congratulations! The OCRF granted nearly $6.5 million in research awards, bringing their total to more than $65 million. Read their Grant Announcement Press Release.
February 13 2015

Lobos Love Pink! Women’s Basketball Game honors Breast Cancer Survivors

Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD, talks to Dan Mayfield at The Morning Brew (below) and to with Adam Atchison at KRQE This Morning about breast cancer and why the Lobos Love Pink game is so important. She also talked
February 10 2015

UNM Adds More Supercomputing Power

Susan Atlas, PhD, talks with KRQE about expanding UNM's supercomputing capability. The added capability will allow for increased research efforts in genetics and genomics work.
December 10 2014

Training the Next Generation

Michelle Ozbun, PhD, runs the junior faculty training program to help the next generation of cancer researchers learn how to conduct science: how to write grants more effectively, how to keep their labs running smoothly, how to track expenses, and more. Dr. Ozbun talks to Chad Brummett on KRQE's "This [...]
November 26 2014

How Dr. Cristini Uses Math to Customize Breast Cancer Therapy

Math could unlock more powerful and tailored treatments for breast cancer patients. Vittorio Cristini, PhD, a world-renowned UNM cancer researcher, explains. Read more about Dr. Cristini's work in our press release. Dr. Cristini's work is among UNM HSC's Top Ten research stories of 2014.  
November 26 2014

Dr. Fine joins UNM Breast Cancer Team

Dr. Fine joined the UNM Breast Cancer Team this summer. In this interview with Good Day New Mexico, she explains why a team of experts offers the best treatment and the best hope for a cure. Read more about her in this article in the Deming Headlight and in the UNM Cancer Center [...]
October 28 2014

NIH Grant for $12 Million Funds STMC for 5 Years

Bridget Wilson, PhD, talked about the 5-year $12 million grant that will fund the New Mexico Spatiotemporal Modeling Center. The STMC was one of only 10 centers funded under the NIH's program to support systems biology research. Read the article in the Albuquerque Journal and watch the KRQE news brief.
October 27 2014

Our Breast Cancer Team Offers Comprehensive Care

Surgeons from the UNM Cancer Center Breast Cancer Team talked recently to Bob Clark, KKOB-AM, Brittany Flowers, 2-KASA "Style" and Matt Mauro 2-KASA "This Morning", about what comprehensive breast cancer care means and why it's important. The UNM Cancer Center breast cancer team offers a team approach that encompasses medical [...]
October 24 2014

Dr. Rutledge Wins Cancer Clinical Investigator Award

Teresa Rutledge, MD, talks to Chad Brummett on 2-KASA's "This Morning", about her Cancer Clinical Investigator Award and what it means for New Mexico.
October 23 2014

Dr. Ozbun’s New HPV Grant Update

October 2014 Update: As mentioned in the UNM Cancer Center press release, Dr. Ozbun is working with Dr. Julie Bauman, now at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bauman won a grant to support clinical trials. One of those clinical trials is a trial that Dr. Ozbun and Dr. Andrew Cowan [...]
October 13 2014

Dr. Royce Talks about Fear of Breast Cancer Screening

Dr. Royce explains in this HSC video that sometimes fear can prevent someone from going to get screened -- even if they can afford it.
October 08 2014

Lobos Love Pink!

To raise breast cancer awareness and to honor those who have lost their battle with breast cancer, the UNM Cancer Center, UNM Hospitals and UNM Athletics will sponsor the Lobos Love Pink! football game on October 10, 2014. The Lobos will play the San Diego State Aztecs, now coached by [...]
October 08 2014

UNM Cancer Center Receives NCORP Grant

The UNM Cancer Center received a 5-year $7 million NCI National Community Oncology Research Program grant. The NCI's NCORP grants support clinical trials programs throughout the country.The program was recently updated and now reflects the model that the UNM Cancer Center and the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance use to bring [...]
September 23 2014

Dr. Oprea talks about his $4.9 Million NIH Grant

Dr. Tudor Oprea recently won a $ 4.9 million 2-year grant to find the links between drugs, diseases and genes. He talks about his grant with Elizabeth Alvarez on KRQE-TV:  and with Charles Maynard on KSFR-FM: .
September 05 2014

Dr. Willman wins Humanitarian Award

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque awarded Dr. Cheryl Willman one of its 2014 Humanitarian Awards at a gala dinner last month. Dr. Willman serves as director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. Read the JCC Press Release. Watch the video about Dr. Willman, shown at the gala [...]
August 05 2014

Pool Party Sun Tips from Dr. Berwick

Dr. Marianne Berwick recently went to a pool party on 2-KASA "This Morning" to share her tips for sun protection and checking your skin for melanoma. She also shares some information about choosing sunscreen. View the video:
July 15 2014

Dr. Rajput Encourages Men to See their Doctor

Dr. Rajput talks to Swami Rob, 94 Rock, about Men's Health and why you want to see your doctor regularly.
July 14 2014

Dr. Cristini Named a “Most Influential Scientific Mind”

Thomson Reuters, the media and information company, named Vittorio Cristini, PhD, to its list of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds." The list names 3,200 scientists worldwide; Dr. Cristini is one of only 99 mathematicians on the list. The list uses citations -- references to another's work -- as the [...]
July 02 2014

Easing Pain for Cancer Survivors

For those afflicted with cancer, the fight doesn’t end once they’ve survived and for some, neither does their pain. There are ways to ease that pain. Esmé Finlay, MD, describes ways to combat pain after cancer treatment in an interview with KASA Fox 2.   Listen to Dr. Finlay's interview [...]
June 30 2014

Breaking Biz vs. Breaking Bad — UNM Cancer Center Medical Director Featured

Albuquerque The Magazine took a look at real life jobs compared to the ones in the hit series Breaking Bad on AMC. UNM Cancer Center's Medical Director Richard Lauer, MD, was interviewed as 'the oncologist.' Read Dr. Lauer's feature or the whole feature in the July issue online.  
June 30 2014

New Safer Radiation Treatment Option for Brain Cancer

The medical physics team at the UNM Cancer Center has expanded their treatment options including a new radiation therapy option that actually is safer for the brain than usual radiation treatments. The procedure kills the new tumor and also any new tumors taking root in the brain that are too small [...]
May 20 2014

Dr. Damron Honored with C-Change National Award

Barbara Damron, RN, PhD, FAAN, received the presitigious C-Change Comprehensive Cancer Control Champion Award May 15, 2014. The award recognizes her multifaceted 30-year career in cancer, which spans prevention, treatment, end-of-life and survivorship care as a clinician and researcher. Read more about Dr. Damron's award in our press release, in the Albuquerque [...]
May 08 2014

Dr. Gullapalli Named One of ASCP's "40 Under 40"

The American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) selected 40 of its members who are under 40 years old to recognize their achievements and qualities important to the pathology and laboratory sciences fields. Rama Gullapalli, MD, PhD, FCAP, was among those chosen for this prestigious recognition. Read the Media Alert about [...]
April 22 2014

First Stereotactic Radiosurgery Patient talks about her experience

Phoebe T. Ward Jr. received a lung cancer diagnosis only six months ago. That cancer spread to her brain and she was the first patient to undergo stereotactic radiosurgery at the UNM Cancer Center. Her outlook remains upbeat, though, as she continues to battle cancer. Ms. Ward and Donna Siergiej, [...]
April 02 2014

Ride for the Cure NM Event in Madrid: Video

The Ride for the Cure NM Event was held in Madrid, NM, this past weekend. View the UNM Health Sciences Center video of the event (by Rebecca Gustaf):
April 02 2014

Dr. Berwick Discusses Latest Melanoma Treatments

Dr. Marianne Berwick talked to Charles Maynard, KSFR-FM, recently about melanoma. New Mexico is one of the states with the highest rates of melanoma. Melanoma can aggressively metastasize (spread); it's the spread that can kill you. Dr. Berwick talks about surgery, a traditional and effective treatment, and  new promising treatments [...]
March 26 2014

Art of Systems Biology Event This Weekend

The Annual Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience event will take place this Friday and Saturday in Santa Fe. Read about the event at The Santa Fe New Mexican and at The Weekly Alibi. Dr. Janet Oliver talks to Charles Maynard, KSFR-FM about the event:   Dr. Oliver also tells 2-KASA FOX [...]
March 25 2014

Charlie Guinn Enjoys Every Bite after TORS Surgery

Charlie Guinn was one of the first people to undergo trans-oral robotic surgery, TORS, at the UNM Cancer Center. Andrew Cowan, MD, PhD, started the program last year. Dr. Cowan and Nathan Boyd, MD, performed the TORS procedure on Mr. Guinn. Mr. Guinn now enjoys eating his favorite foods with [...]
March 25 2014

Ride for the Cure NM Event Benefits UNM Cancer Center

Shane Stanford, lead organizer and founder of the "Ride for the Cure NM" event talks to KVSF-FM in Santa Fe. The interview begins at approximately 71:45. Inspired by a dream of bikers in pink T-shirts, Shane Stanford started the "Ride for the Cure NM" event to raise money and awareness for [...]
March 21 2014

Dr. Cristini Fights Cancer Using an Unconventional Approach

Vittorio Cristini, PhD, uses an unconventional approach to fight cancer: he uses math and physics. He and his team recently published a paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He talked to Charles Maynard, KSFR-FM Santa Fe,  about his team's recent work described in the paper:   Read the UNM [...]
February 26 2014

Stereotactic Radiosurgery Comes to UNM Cancer Center

A procedure to treat brain tumors noninvasively has come to UNM Cancer Center. Thomas Schroeder, MD, and his team developed and extensively tested the process. Dr. Schroeder explains the process in a clip from KRQE-TV. Also read the story in the Albuquerque Journal — Pinpointing a Cure — about Dr. Schroeder and [...]
February 19 2014

Lobos Love Pink! And Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer

The Lady Lobos are gearing up for a tough basketball game against UNLV this evening, but they will be raising awareness for an even tougher battle: the battle against breast cancer. The team will wear special white and pink uniforms with pink shoes and all attendees are encouraged to wear [...]
February 14 2014

The Telephone Can Be a Useful Tool in Cancer Prevention

Anita Kinney, PhD, RN, recently talked about her research on colorectal cancer screening with Larry Ahrens on "The Morning Brew."   Also see the article in the ASCO Post about Dr. Kinney's research.
February 10 2014

Dr. Muller Discusses Ovarian Cancer

Carolyn Muller, MD, recently joined Dr. Barry Ramo on KOAT's Healthbeat to discuss ovarian cancer. In her interview Dr. Muller explained that a diagnosis of ovarian cancer may seem frightening, but innovative treatment techniques are helping to successfully treat many cases. She and Dr. Ramo talk about tailored treatments, some even based on individual [...]
February 04 2014

Famed Coach to Join "Hoops 4 Hope"

The annual "Hoops 4 Hope" basketball game aims to raise awareness and money for cancer treatment and research. Traditionally, the head football coaches of UNM and NMSU coach the legislators, however, this year there's been a change. Ray Birmingham, UNM's Head Baseball Coach, and Lou Henson will coach. Henson is a retired [...]
January 30 2014

Legislators' Basketball Game to Benefit UNM Cancer Center

On Friday February 7, New Mexico's legislators will compete in the annual charity basketball game, "Hoops 4 Hope." Members of the New Mexico House of Representatives and state Senate play in the annual "Hoops 4 Hope" basketball game to help raise awareness and money for cancer treatment and research. In last [...]