A Note from Our Director

Welcome!

Our director, Cheryl Willman, MD

Cheryl Willman, MD
Director & CEO
UNM Cancer Center

We are honored that you have chosen to receive your cancer care here at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our world-class team of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, patient navigators and supportive care specialists work closely with our outstanding research scientists to bring you the most advanced cancer diagnosis and treatment available. And you don’t have to leave home or the support of your family and friends.

As the Official Cancer Center of the state of New Mexico, we are deeply committed to serving all the people of our state who battle cancer. As part of our mission to provide the unique, specialized and essential cancer care all New Mexicans deserve, we sought and earned Comprehensive designation from the National Cancer Institute. We are one of only 49 NCI Comprehensive-designated cancer centers in the country and the only NCI designated cancer center in New Mexico. Our 125 board-certified oncology physicians, 130 research scientists and more than 500-person staff are dedicated to providing you with the most advanced treatment and finest support from the moment you begin your care.

Because of our NCI designation, we have access to nationwide clinical trials that offer our patients the most advanced cancer treatments. We and other NCI centers develop these new therapies. You should discuss your eligibility for clinical trials with your team of physicians, to get the most cutting-edge cancer treatment available to you. In addition, we offer the Total Cancer Care® protocol at our site to bring you a lifetime of the most advanced care. Through this large clinical trial, you will have the opportunity to have your cancer tissues genetically sequenced, to help cancer research and to perhaps be matched to the most promising anticancer therapy available in the future.

We realize that cancer affects every aspect of life and that cancer patients and their loved ones have very specific needs. That’s why we have developed a wide range of programs to address your cancer treatment and to support your total well-being. Our Patient and Family Support Services include counseling, nutrition guidance, patient education, social work and an array of support groups. We add new programs regularly.

As you begin your care at the UNM Cancer Center, please read this guide. We have designed it so that you can learn about our facilities, resources, services and staff. It will help you and your family to feel as comfortable as possible during your treatment here. And, throughout your care, our Patient Navigators are available to answer your questions and to help connect you with our programs and resources.

Thank you for choosing the UNM Cancer Center for your care.

Cheryl L. Willman, MD
Director & CEO
University of New Mexico Cancer Center