January 17th, 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. The immune therapy could help […]


January 11th, 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 two doses of the HPV […]


January 9th, 2017

New Clinical Trial Combines Two Methods to Defeat Ovarian Cancer

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 cancer. The clinical trial treats […]


November 10th, 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 cancer cell they studied and […]


November 3rd, 2016

Study Shows How Smoking Causes the Changes that Lead to Lung Cancer

What A paper published today in Science shows that smoking tobacco causes added mutations in the DNA of lung cells and in the DNA of other cells in the body. This is the first study to show the process by which smoking causes these cancers. Why Mutations are changes in DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA is […]


October 11th, 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 cervical screening, diagnosis and treatment […]


October 4th, 2016

Bikers Ride for Breast Cancer Awareness

What The Turquoise Trail Harley Owner’s Group will end its second annual “Pink Your Ride — Motorcyclists Increasing Awareness (MIA)” ride at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Why The Turquoise Trail HOG Chapter decided last year to join a Pennsylvania HOG Chapter in  increasing awareness of breast cancer. The Pennsylvania HOG Chapter […]


October 3rd, 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 to learn more about cancer. […]


September 29th, 2016

New Research Shows HPV Vaccine Reduces Cervical Pre-Cancers In Young Women

Every 20 minutes, someone in the United States receives a cancer diagnosis related to human papillomavirus. HPV causes cancer of the cervix, anus and throat. The HPV vaccine can prevent infections causing most of these kinds of cancer if people receive it before being exposed to the virus. But fewer than half the girls and […]


September 27th, 2016

HERO Event Celebrates People Who Take Part in Cancer Clinical Research

What The ninth annual Helping to Enhance Research in Oncology event will honor those who take part in cancer clinical trials. The event will also raise awareness for the importance of cancer clinical trials and will offer education sessions about clinical trials that are free and open to the public. The New Mexico Cancer Care […]


September 16th, 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 there’s no known treatment for […]


September 9th, 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. The National Cancer Institute awarded Dr. […]


September 6th, 2016

New Treatment May Help Those with Rare Immune Cancers

Most people have never heard of mastocytosis. It’s a rare, sometimes deadly, immune disorder. Now new research may help those with advanced mastocytosis and possibly many more people, too. “This is the first drug that’s shown to be effective in this very rare disease,” says Tracy George, MD, at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive […]


August 29th, 2016

Researcher to Study a Two-Pronged Approach Against Colorectal Cancers

Ellen Beswick, PhD, studies a protein that could be key in attacking cancers of the colon and rectum, and possibly other cancers, too. Beswick studies granulocyte-colony stimulating factor, or G-CSF, and its receptor. It’s a signaling protein that helps bone marrow stem cells to mature into different types of blood cells and flow into the […]


August 19th, 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 Banister & the Modern Day […]