Press Releases

August 21 2017

Cowboys for Cancer Research Celebrates 35 Years of Supporting New Mexicans

The state’s largest cancer research fundraiser gears up for annual event on October 6, 2017

What Cowboys for Cancer Research will hold its 35th annual dinner, dance and silent auction fundraising event to raise money and awareness for cancer research in New Mexico. The event, sponsored by Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, will feature music by Neal McCowan and the Good Time Gang. All [...]
August 15 2017

Stem Cell Transplant Program Celebrates First Year

UNM Cancer Center Stem Cell Transplant program began treating New Mexicans with blood disorders more than one year ago

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center began helping New Mexicans with blood disorders a little more than one year ago. Since then, more than 30 New Mexicans have received treatment. Program Director Matthew Fero, MD, FACP, started the program after moving to New Mexico from the Fred Hutchinson [...]
August 01 2017

Tenth Annual HERO Event Celebrates Those on Cancer Clinical Trials

Helping to Enhance Research in Oncology program offers free public educational talks Saturday August 19

What The Helping to Enhance Research in Oncology program will hold its tenth annual celebration event. The event honors those on cancer clinical trials and raises awareness for the importance of cancer clinical trials. The event will offer public information sessions about clinical trials. Why Clinical trials are research studies [...]
July 25 2017

UNM Cancer Center Receives Designation as Center of Excellence for Blood Disorders

Designation from the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation places UNM Cancer Center in listing of international referral sites

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center has received designation as a Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation Center of Excellence. The designation puts UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center on the MDS Foundation’s list of international sites to which people with blood disorders may go to receive treatment. The designation also gives the [...]
July 20 2017

Registration Opens for Inaugural Lobo Cancer Challenge Bike Ride

New bike ride event on September 23 to support New Mexicans with cancer

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center has opened registration for the inaugural Lobo Cancer Challenge. Cheryl Willman, MD, Director and CEO of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, said that the Lobo Cancer Challenge is a new bike ride fundraising event. She said event proceeds will help to ensure [...]
July 13 2017

UNM Cancer Center Doctor Receives National Cancer Institute Award

Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD, receives NCI’s prestigious Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award for her work in clinical research

Yesterday, Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD, received the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. The award was presented at a public meeting of the NCI’s Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee. Brown-Glaberman is an Assistant Professor at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. She specializes in [...]
June 22 2017

HPV testing leads to earlier detection and treatment of cervical precancer

Women who receive human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, in addition to a pap smear, receive a faster, more complete diagnosis of possible cervical precancer, according to a study of over 450,000 women by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive Cancer Center. HPV is [...]
June 12 2017

HPV Vaccine Could Drastically Reduce Cervical and Other Cancers Globally

Article by UNM Cancer Center Scientist describes HPV vaccine efficacy and use; American Society of Clinical Oncology shares at international annual meeting

Cervical cancer affects more than half a million women and causes more than a quarter of a million deaths each year globally. Almost all cervical cancers result from a human papillomavirus, or HPV, infection. HPV infections cause cancers in other parts of the body, too. But the latest HPV vaccine [...]
May 09 2017

The Art of the Scarf: Free Workshop Helps Cancer Patients and Survivors

Class in tying, wrapping and twisting scarves helps women with hair loss due to cancer treatment

What The free Art of the Scarf workshop to teaches women how to tie, wrap or twist scarves for headwear. The workshop is offered every second Thursday of the month at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. The workshop is open to all patients, survivors with long-term hair [...]
May 08 2017

“Polly’s Run” Raises Awareness, Money and Hope to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Largest pancreatic cancer fundraiser in New Mexico takes place June 4, 2017

What The eighth annual “Polly’s Run” raises awareness for pancreatic cancer, honors pancreatic survivors and all those who face the disease, and raises money for pancreatic cancer research. Albuquerque Pet Memorial Services sponsors the event. All proceeds benefit The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Why Polly Rogers battled [...]
April 17 2017

Swimmers to ‘Splash Away Cancer’ at Annual Event

Third annual swimming fundraiser takes place Saturday, May 20, to support cancer research and patient care programs at UNM Cancer Center.

What The third annual “Splash Away Cancer!” fundraising event takes place May 20, 2017. All proceeds support cancer research and patient care programs at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event is sponsored by Lobo Aquatic Club, 93.3 KOB-FM, UNM Recreational Services, New Mexico Masters Swimming, Genesis [...]
April 05 2017

Annual Lobos vs. Cancer Gala Celebrates Tenth Year of Fighting Cancer

Black-tie event, slated for May 20, 2017, has raised more than half a million dollars in past nine years

Like a pack of lobos facing a foe, Season Elliott and her team are gearing up to fight cancer. Elliott leads the volunteer organizing team for the Lobos vs. Cancer Gala event, which will celebrate its tenth year on Saturday, May 20. The event raises money for cancer research and [...]
March 30 2017

Superheroes to Support Cancer Research

Third annual Kevin Rudi Superhero 5K Fun Run takes place April 29 in Las Cruces, raises money for cancer research at UNM Cancer Center

What The Kevin Rudi Foundation will host its third annual Superhero 5K Fun Run to raise money for sarcoma research at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Why Kevin Rudi was 27 years old when he passed away November 12, 2014, from spindle cell sarcoma. His New Mexico [...]
March 13 2017

Annual Motorcycle Ride Supports Cancer Treatment and Research in New Mexico

“Ride for the Cure NM” event slated for March 25

What The “Ride for the Cure NM” event is an annual motorcycle ride to raise money and awareness for cancer treatment and research in New Mexico. Why The ride benefits patient programs and cancer research at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. The ride started 11 years ago [...]
March 08 2017

UNM Cancer Center Part of National Colorectal Cancer Screening Effort

NCI’s Screen 2 Save program seeks to increase colorectal cancer screening rates, decrease cancers; program is part UNM Cancer Center’s outreach

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center joined the National Cancer Institute and about 48 other sites to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancer types, of the more than 100 known cancer types, for which screening has been proven to reduce the [...]
February 17 2017

Annual Benefit Basketball Game Helps All New Mexicans

The New Mexico Senate “Lobos” tip off against the House of Representatives “Aggies” on Wednesday, March 1, at Santa Fe High School. The hotly-contested game is a fun event for those on the court, on the bench and in the stands. But everyone knows that the real opponent is cancer. [...]
February 08 2017

Lobos Love Pink Week Raises Awareness for Breast Cancer, Celebrates Survivors

UNM Lobo Men’s and Women’s Basketball honors those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer with games on Feb.14 and Feb. 18

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, The University of New Mexico Lobo Men’s and Women’s basketball teams are joining forces to honor all those who have beaten breast cancer, still face it, or have lost to it. They plan to hold their Lobos Love Pink basketball games during the same week to [...]
February 07 2017

UNM Cancer Center Researcher Discovers New Class of Drugs to Combat Aging Diseases

New drug blocks cells from producing a reactive oxygen species, could help to manage chronic and aging diseases, including cancer

The mysterious, complex and inescapable process of aging often comes with chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Recently, scientists at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center uncovered new details of the aging process. The team also discovered a new class of drugs that combats an important [...]
January 31 2017

Drugs, Diseases and Proteins: New Archive Helps Precision Medicine, Drug Development

UNM Cancer Center Scientist co-leads international drug targets effort to create open-source archive for drug discovery, development, and safety

Most aspirin users don’t know what aspirin does to make you feel better. Most doctors and scientists didn’t know, either, until recently. In fact, scientists know how only a handful of drugs really work and they know that drugs can have different effects on different people. That’s why Tudor Oprea, [...]
January 09 2017

New Clinical Trial Combines Two Methods to Defeat Ovarian Cancer

New clinical trial offers combination therapy to directly kill cancer cells and teach the immune system to keep them from coming back.

Fewer than half of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer live for five years or more. Sarah Adams, MD, hopes her new clinical trial will change this outcome. Adams recently opened a clinical trial at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center to test a new approach to defeat ovarian [...]