In the News

February 09 2018

Lobos Love Pink Week Starts Saturday!

To honor and celebrate breast cancer fighters, the Men's and Women's UNM Basketball teams are holding their Lobos Love Pink games in the same week. (Learn more about the  Lobos Love Pink games.) Rae Ann Paden, Chief Administrative Officer, and Amy Liotta, Operations Director, talked to Casey Messer, KOB-TV's "Good Day [...]
February 06 2018

Annual ‘Hoops 4 Hope’ game supports patient care

The annual Hoops 4 Hope game raised more than $32,500 to help patients at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Thank you to our state senators and representatives, Coach Davie, Coach Martin, and all the game sponsors and supporters! The Senate Lobos beat the House Aggies 33 to 24, giving the [...]
November 09 2017

No-Shave November focuses on Men’s Health

A movement to grow facial hair hopes to bring more attention to men's health issues. Campaign organizers hope to bring attention to prostate cancer, testicular testing and mental health. Watch the interview in which Thomas Schroeder, MD, talked with Erica Zucco, KOB-TV:
October 20 2017

Lobos Love Pink! Football game celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to celebrate, UNM Athletics and UNM Cancer Center are teaming up to present the Lobos Love Pink Football game. The UNM Lobos will kick off against the Colorado State Rams on Friday, October 20, at 8:15 pm.   Amy Tarnower, MD, talked to [...]
October 04 2017

Promising New Cancer Drug Tested in Phase 1 Clinical Trial

Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD, played a key role in bringing a new cancer drug to clinical trials. Some New Mexicans were among the first in the world to try the new drug, which was made available through the UNM Cancer Center Phase 1 Clinical Trials program. View Dr. Rixe's interview [...]
September 25 2017

Thank you for a Successful Bike Ride!

Thank you to our riders, sponsors, volunteers, donors and staff. Our Bike Ride was a success! Every one of you made a big contribution to fighting cancer in our state. Thank you so much!
September 13 2017

Cancer Fighter Sandy Gold on Why She Rides

Sandy Gold has beaten cancer twice. She faced melanoma in 1978 and beat breast cancer in 2005. A strong and spirited advocate for cancer survivors, Ms. Gold is an avid cyclist. She competed in the 2003 Senior Olympics and again in the 2005 Senior Olympics shortly held shortly after her [...]
August 21 2017

Helping to Enhance Research in Oncology Program Thanks HEROes

Clinical trials are research studies conducted in people. Cancer clinical trials help doctors and scientists learn about cancer. They can help people with cancer, too, by offering more choices for treatment. Without the people who volunteer to take part in cancer clinical trials, we wouldn't know what we know today about [...]
August 16 2017

Bone Marrow Transplant Program Celebrates One Year

The Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center began treating people a little more than one year ago. The first people treated in the program are celebrating their first year after treatment. Bone marrow transplantation helps to treat lymphomas and myelomas. New Mexicans can now get these [...]
August 04 2017

Lobo Cancer Challenge Bike Ride Registration is Open!

The Lobo Cancer Challenge is a bike ride fundraising event. All proceeds that riders raise go to support patient care and cancer research at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Learn more and register online at LoboCancerChallenge.org. Ride Director Amy Liotta talked to Tom Trowbridge, KANW-FM, about the event:   And [...]
August 04 2017

New Mexicans with Blood Disorders Now Have More Choices for Treatment

People in New Mexico with blood disorders will now have the opportunity to take part in national and international clinical trials that offer more and different treatment choices. The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation has designated the UNM Cancer Center as a  Center of Excellence. Read the press release and the Albuquerque Free Press [...]
July 24 2017

Prostate Cancer Clinical Trial Opening

A new clinical trial to learn about how men can recover faster and better from prostate cancer is about to start. View the HERO-Brochure and watch the interview with Senior Project Manager Gina Cardinali and Adam Attichison, KRQE-TV's "This Morning."
July 19 2017

Dr. Brown-Glaberman wins Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD, has won a Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute. The award is given to outstanding cancer clinical investigators. ancer clinical investigators conduct clinical trials to discover new or better ways to find, prevent and treat cancer. They make sure clinical trials meet strict [...]
July 11 2017

Pap Smears and HPV Testing Can Catch Pre-Cancers

HPV Testing along with Pap Smears could help millions of women in detecting pre-cancers and stopping them before they become cancerous. Cosette Wheeler, PhD, of the UNM Cancer Center recently published a paper with colleagues at Queen Mary University in London, England. Read the press release. Dr. Wheeler talked to Carmelina [...]
June 19 2017

A Global Approach to Preventing Cervical Cancer

Human papillomavirus causes several kinds of cancers. It causes almost all cancers of the cervix and also causes cancers of the mouth, throat and anus. Preventing HPV-related cancers worldwide is possible, though. Cosette Wheeler, PhD, and her colleagues recently published a paper describing a strategy to make the HPV vaccine available [...]
May 22 2017

Splash Away Cancer! event a Swimming Success

The Annual Splash Away Cancer! event took place May 20. Proceeds benefitted The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Thank you to the organizers, Joel Swartz, Bobby Goldie and Rob Dickson, and to all who took part in the event!    
May 03 2017

Put on Your Sequins, Suits and … Sneakers!

The Lobos vs. Cancer Gala will take place Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Sandia Resort and Casino. Proceeds benefit research and patient programs at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. The evening features silent and live auctions, a cocktail reception and a sit-down dinner that you can enjoy in your comfortable [...]
April 17 2017

Superhero Fun Run in Las Cruces

The Kevin Rudi Foundation will hold its third annual Superhero 5K Fun Run to raise awareness for and money to support research in spindle cell carcinoma. Kevin Rudi was 27 when he passed away from spindle cell carcinoma in 2014. The Fun Run invites runners of all abilities and strongly encourages costumes. [...]
April 11 2017

Targeting tumors with toxins

Arsenic is a naturally occurring toxin found in groundwater that is absorbed into what we eat and drink – including foods such as rice and apple juice – and New Mexico has some of the highest concentrations of the metallic mineral in the U.S. It’s considered a co-carcinogen, because it [...]
April 03 2017

New Hope for Man with Brain Cancer

Chad Walde was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in 2014. He is still enjoying life, thanks to different treatments he's been getting at UNMH and UNM Cancer Center. In this news story, M. Omar Chohan, MD, and Mr. Walde describe Mr. Walde's brain cancer and how they are precisely treating it [...]
March 23 2017

“Ride for the Cure New Mexico” Motorcyle Ride Helps UNM CCC Patients

"Ride for the Cure NM" will hold its annual ride this Saturday, March 25, to raise money to support patients at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. The ride's organizer, Gina Felix, knows firsthand how difficult a cancer diagnosis can be on patients and their families. Gina Felix talked to Mike [...]
March 20 2017

Preventing Cervical Cancer Globally

UPDATE: Dr. Wheeler will be attending the HPV Vax-a-Nation: Increasing HPV Vaccination in the US Conference May 11 in Charleston, South Carolina. This ongoing conference provides cancer centers a forum to identify opportunities to collectively engage in cancer prevention such as HPV vaccination. NCI-designated Cancer Centers, along with the National [...]
March 07 2017

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in New Mexico

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in New Mexico. See Governor Susana Martinez's Proclamation.   Vi Kien Chiu, MD, leads the Gastrointestinal Multidisciplinary team at UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. He recently talked to Terry Kelly about colorectal cancer. Read Dr. Chiu's interview to learn more about this widespread disease.   Dr. [...]
February 28 2017

NM House and Senate to Clash on the Basketball Court

Each year after the legislative session ends, New Mexico's lawmakers divide into House and Senate teams to compete one final time on the basketball court. For the last six years, their benefit game has raised money to help people in New Mexico facing cancer. Justin Schroer talks to Adam Attchison [...]
February 20 2017

Battling Aging and the diseases that come with it

Eric Prossnitz, PhD, and his international team have just learned about a new way to help cells fight aging. The discovery came from studying a protein in cell membranes. The protein is called GPER. GPER tells the cell how to respond to estrogen. The team discovered more about the complex system that [...]
February 16 2017

Lobos Love Pink! Week

The Lobo Men's and Women's Basketball teams are celebrating Lobos Love Pink Week February 14 and 18. The Men won their game Tuesday night against the Boise State Broncos. The Women face the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday at 1:00 pm. Both teams are wearing special uniforms for the event and [...]
February 02 2017

New Drug Archive Links Drugs, Diseases and Proteins for Better Care

Tudor Oprea, MD, PhD, longed for an archive that could tell him which drugs targeted which proteins that played a role in which diseases. But no such archive existed. Now, he and his international collaborators have created that database. Oprea and his UNM team are building their skills to add to the [...]
January 17 2017

New Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial Launches

Sarah Adams, MD, hopes her new ovarian cancer clinical trial will help to save women's lives. The new trial recently launched at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. The trial uses a PARP inhibitor to kill ovarian cancer cells and an antibody to boost the immune system's response to the cells. [...]
January 11 2017

Nation’s Cancer Centers Jointly Endorse Updated HPV Vaccine Recommendations

The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is among the 69 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers to endorse the updated joint statement supporting HPV vaccine use in the United States. The Joint statement endorses the United States Centers for Disease Control most recent guidelines. The guidelines recommend that children aged 11 to 12 should receive [...]