In the News - Archive

November 10 2016

How Smoking Causes Lung (and other!) Cancers

Ludmil Alexandrov, PhD, and his team have discovered that smoking causes mutations in DNA. Mutations are changes to the cellular instructions encoded in the DNA of each cell. If they disturb how the cell functions, they can cause cancer. Dr. Alexandrov and his international team discovered mutations in every lung [...]
October 11 2016

HPV Vaccination Reducing Pre-Cancer Rates in Young Women

Cosette Wheeler, PhD, led a study on the impact HPV vaccination is having on the rate at which young women get pre-cancers of the cervix. She and her team used data from the New Mexico HPV Pap Registry, the only statewide surveillance program in the United States that includes complete [...]
October 03 2016

HERO Event Honors Clinical Research Participants

Clinical research helps to advance our knowledge about cancer drugs and treatments. The Food and Drug Administration requires clinical trials before it approves a drug or treatment for general use. The people who take part in clinical trials not only face their cancer but also help scientists and doctors around the world [...]
September 16 2016

Hope for a New Treatment for Mast Cell Disease

Mast cells are part of the immune system, but too many abnormal mast cells can cause allergic responses, inflammation, pain, bloating and other symptoms. Mast cell disease, or mastocytosis, is a rare disease; many doctors have never even seen someone with it. Advanced mast cell disease can cause death quickly and [...]
September 09 2016

New Research on Cancers of the Colon and Rectum May Lead to New Ways to Treat Them

Ellen Bewick, PhD, has discovered how blocking a protein in cancer tumors of the colon and rectum can help to fight them. The protein is called G-CSF, and blocking it fights tumors on two fronts: it keeps tumor cells from growing and multiplying; and it draws more immune cells into the tumor. [...]
August 19 2016

Cowboys to Help Cancer Research in New Mexico

New Mexico's largest annual fundraiser to benefit cancer research is slated for October 7, 2016 in Las Cruces. Proceeds from the event stay in the state and support innovative cancer research projects at UNM Cancer Center and New Mexico State University. The dinner, dance and silent auction will feature music by Will [...]
July 28 2016

Repurposing Drugs to Force Cancer Cell Death

Alexandre Chigaev, PhD, and his team recently published a paper in which they describe how they forced leukemia cells into programmed cell death, a process called apoptosis. They used drugs that the United States Food and Drug Administration has already approved. Using already-approved drugs shortens the time and reduces the [...]
July 21 2016

HPV Vaccine Helps Women in a Broad Age Range

Cosette Wheeler, PhD, led an international team that studied the efficacy of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in women 26 years and older. The United States currently targets girls and boys in their early teen years to receive the vaccine. Information on the vaccine's efficacy in women older than the [...]
July 05 2016

Telephones Can Increase Access to Cancer Genetic Counseling

In a recently-published study, Anita Kinney, PhD, RN, and her team report that cancer genetic counseling over the telephone is no less effective than in-person counseling when it comes to delivering life-saving information. Dr. Kinney explains the research to Mike Jaxson, KSVP-FM: Read The Daily Lobo story, the Las Cruces Sun-News [...]
June 28 2016

Cancer Moonshot: Doctor Giving a Fighting Chance to Patients

Dr. Cheryl Willman and top researchers found that Native American and Hispanic children had different genetic mutations than white children and needed treatments tailored just for them. Watch the NBC Nightly News report: The Bidens talk to Tom Brokaw about the Moonshot Initiative: And Tom Brokaw talks to Lester Holt [...]
June 27 2016

Cancer Moonshot Summit Draws Cancer Community Together

The Cancer Moonshot, led by Vice President Joe Biden, will hold 99 local summits throughout the country and a summit in Washington, D. C. on Wednesday, June 29. Cheryl Willman, MD, UNM Cancer Center Director & CEO, will attend the Washington Summit and Scott Ness, PhD, will sit on the panel [...]
June 16 2016

UNM Joins Elite Drug Development Program

The UNM Health Sciences Center has joined a national network of scientists on the leading edge of drug discovery and development in the fight against cancer. Larry Sklar, PhD, will lead the new Center of Excellence that is part of the Chemical Biology Consortium. The Consoritum provides world-class expertise in high-throughput screening, structural [...]
June 07 2016

A Generous Gift Helps All New Mexicans

The Dana C. Wood Trust and Estate gave $ 750,000 to the UNM Cancer Center. The state matched the gift and the matching funds enabled UNM to create an endowment to support world-renowned faculty and their research. Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD, will be invested as The Dana C. Wood Endowed [...]
June 06 2016

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips for Summer

With summer upon us, Marianne Berwick, PhD, shares some tips to protect your skin from cancer this summer. Skin cancer is the fifth most frequent type of cancer and melanoma is the deadliest. Dr. Berwick talks to Dan Mayfield on "The Morning Brew" https://youtu.be/BSNLpPmDc-I
May 24 2016

“Free 3D” Mammograms for Eligible New Mexico Women

An appropriation from the state of New Mexico is helping some New Mexico women get three-dimensional mammograms. A 3D mammogram takes several images of the breast and compiles them into a three-dimensional image. This enables radiologists to detect breast cancers more easily and lead to fewer call-backs for re-imaging. To [...]
May 17 2016

Polly’s Run Raises Awareness and Money for Pancreatic Cancer

Josh Rogers lost his mother, Polly, to pancreatic cancer eight years ago and began Polly's Run as a tribute to her. After their very successful first year, he turned the walk/run into an annual event to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer. The event also honors all those whose [...]
May 12 2016

New Lung Cancer Clinical Trials

Yanis Boumber, MD, PhD, continues to enroll people in the "Neptune" clinical trial for lung cancer and is opening additional clinical trials for people diagnosed with lung cancer. He talked to Erica Zucco, KOB-TV, about the trials and how they use the immune system to fight lung cancer.
May 09 2016

Second Annual Swimming Fundraiser May 21

The second annual Splash Away Cancer! swimming fundraising event for cancer will take place May 21. Olympic champion Mike Bruner will join the event to raise money and awareness for cancer research and treatment in New Mexico. Rob Dickson and Lauren Thompson, members of event host Lobo Aquatics Club, talked to [...]
April 19 2016

Runners Channel Their Inner Superhero for Cancer Research

The Kevin Rudi Superhero 5K Fun Run is scheduled for April 23. Matthew Duran, President of the Kevin Rudi Foundation, talks to Chad Brummett about the run. Proceeds benefit cancer research at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.  
March 17 2016

Bikers Raise Awareness, Support UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Gina Felix is organizing the "Ride for the Cure NM." The annual ride raises awareness of cancer and money to support patients undergoing treatment at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. This year's ride will take place March 26. Read the media alert for more information. All are welcome. If you [...]
March 10 2016

‘Spectrum’ Art Show Shares Science by Blending it with Art

"Spectrum," the Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience show, opens March 18 and 19 at the Gerald Peters Gallery | Peters Project in Santa Fe. The event features a gallery viewing of the pieces by artists and scientists, public talks, and the NanoDays exhibit for children in grade school, middle school [...]
February 19 2016

Women’s Basketball ‘Lobos Love Pink’ Game Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

Melanie Royce, MD, PhD, talks to Adam Atchison, "KRQE This Morning," about the Lobos Love Pink Women's Basketball game. The game raises awareness for breast cancer because screening saves lives. An early diagnosis increases the chances of surviving breast cancer and gives women more options for treating the disease. Read [...]
February 12 2016

Breathe Easier! New Lung Cancer Clinical Trial Opens

Yanis Boumber, MD, PhD, has opened the first of ten new lung cancer clinical trials. Called Neptune, the phase 3 clinical trial combines two new immunotherapy drugs. Dr. Boumber talks to Mike Jaxson, KSVP-FM, about the trial: Read the press release and the story in the Roswell Daily Record. And, [...]
February 05 2016

Bad Company: Dr. Gan Studies What’s Around the Tumor

Gregory Gan, MD, PhD, studies the cells and structures around a tumor. His and others' studies suggest that what surrounds a tumor may help it to grow back and grow back more aggressively. Dr. Gan talks about his research, the grant he recently received to support his work, and what [...]
February 04 2016

Annual ‘Hoops 4 Hope’ Basketball Game Helps All New Mexicans

State legislators aren't known for their basketball skills, but that doesn't stop them from playing in the annual 'Hoops 4 Hope' basketball game. The game pits the House "Aggies" against the Senate "Lobos" and raises money to help New Mexicans and their families who are facing cancer. This year's game [...]
January 28 2016

HPV Vaccination Call to Action

Cosette Wheeler, PhD, is an international human papillomavirus (HPV) expert and has studied HPV in New Mexico since 1987. She helped to draft the HPV Consensus Statement that all 69 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers have endorsed. Read the United Nations Secretary General's Message on World Cancer Day. Dr. [...]
January 28 2016

Dr. Willman Goes to Washington

Dr. Willman was invited to Washington DC to brief President's and Vice Presidents staffs at the White House

Cheryl Willman, MD, director and CEO of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, was invited to the White House. She was one of five people invited to brief the President's and Vice President's scientific staffs on new national cancer initiatives in precision medicine, genomics, research infrastructure and cancer clinical trials. Before [...]
January 27 2016

Nutritionist Talks About Eating During Treatment

Ernestine Trujillo, MS, RD, LD, helps people fighting cancer get through their treatment. Instead of prescribing drugs, she prescribes foods that will help them get through treatment. It's harder that it sounds because radiation therapy and chemotherapy can make food taste different. Ernestine talks to Dan Mayfield on "The Morning [...]
January 27 2016

NCI-designated Cancer Centers Urge HPV Vaccination for the Prevention of Cancer

Cosette Wheeler, PhD, was among the national HPV experts who drafted this Consensus Statement.

The text of the Consensus Statement is below. View PDF of the statement and a full list of all supporting NCI-designated Cancer Centers. Read the press release about the statement Approximately 79 million people in the United States are currently infected with a human papillomavirus (HPV) according to the Centers [...]
January 14 2016

Dr. Willman on President’s New National Cancer Cure Effort

In his State of the Union Address this week, President Obama announced a new national effort to focus on curing cancer. Vice President Biden will spearhead the initiative. Cheryl Willman, MD, talked to Erica Zucco about this new effort and how the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center will help the nation. [...]
January 08 2016

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the major causes of cervical cancer but the HPV vaccine can prevent most cases of the disease. Cosette Wheeler, PhD, is an international expert on HPV and is a member of the team that is drafting a national consensus [...]
January 07 2016

New Grant Helps New Mexicans with Blood Disorders

Bridget Wilson, PhD, talks to Colton Shone, KOB-TV, about the new two-year $453,000 grant from the DOD to study myeloproliferative neoplasms. These are blood disorders in which the body produces too many red blood cells or too many platelets or in which the bone marrow in which these cells are made becomes [...]
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. https://youtu.be/Kk7qfavLyYo?hd=1&rel=0&autohide=1&showinfo=0 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. https://youtu.be/X86qOc4Pms0
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. http://youtu.be/BLs38o9cqck 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. http://youtu.be/uGRFYYOsiNI?list=UUDv1r2CZ6HiDn8cqHcwUY_A
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: http://youtu.be/NpWySIVvATY  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: http://youtu.be/vhth2jILDRA?list=UUjtW8NX3eNlp88_vpv9kngw
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): http://youtu.be/zAdqkvKvIS4
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." http://youtu.be/19MVu-XFGQU   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 [...]