Patient & Family Support

At the UNM Cancer Center, we know that cancer affects many aspects of life. We are committed to meeting the unique needs of our patients. We offer a wide range of patient and family support services to help with any needs that arise. Support services are a vital part of our cancer care. They are offered at little or no cost. Please take a moment to review these services. And please call the departments if you would like to make an appointment or if you have any questions.

Many of our patients are traveling hundreds of miles for their appointments and from all four corners of the state. Transportation, lodging and food assistance are vital — as is psychosocial support to allow our patients and families to be as successful as possible with their treatment.

– Jill Schulke, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Therapy Programs Manager


Psychology Services • 505-925-0104

We offer psychology services to patients, families and caregivers. These services help to cope with the emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Counseling sessions include individual, couples and family counseling, as well as support groups.

Nutrition • 505-925-0182

Good nutrition is crucial. It helps you feel better before, during and after your cancer treatment. An oncology nutritionist can offer tips and recipes to help you through your treatment. Some treatments might affect your ability to eat. These nutritionists can teach you how to manage those side effects and can help you maintain or gain weight.

Oncology Social Work • 505-272-4946

Oncology Social Workers provide counseling and support. They help to reduce the stress that comes with cancer diagnosis and treatment. They assist patients, families and caregivers in all phases of the cancer experience. They handle any problems that occur, such as housing, transportation or financial issues. They also link patients to community resources.

Patient Navigation

Nurse Navigators are here to guide you in your treatment, and our Patient Navigators help you find the support you need. Visit our Navigating Cancer Care page.

Volunteer Program • 505-925-0188

UNM Cancer Center volunteers are an important part of the support we provide to patients. Please call the number above if you wish to learn more about volunteer opportunities.