Breast Cancers

Every woman benefits from the entire team’s combined expertise

The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Team offers the full spectrum of care, from screening and diagnosis through treatment and survivorship.

The team includes breast surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and others, who combine their expertise to tailor a treatment plan for each woman according to her specific needs.

The UNM Cancer Center is home to one of the largest, most comprehensive, multidisciplinary breast cancer teams in New Mexico.

In this 2014 interview, Stephanie Fine, MD, speaks to Larry Ahrens on the Morning Brew about the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. See the most updated information about our Breast Cancer team below. To learn more about the New Mexico Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer (BCC) Early Detection Program, visit: https://nmhealth.org/about/phd/cdb/bcc/

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Meet the Breast Cancer Team

To deliver the best care possible, our entire team develops a personalized treatment plan and monitors every patient’s care from the beginning.

Medical Oncologists

... diagnose and treat cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy. At UNM Cancer Center, they also manage clinical trials in these areas.

Medical oncologists and radiation oncologists collaborate with the UNM Cancer Center’s internationally recognized team of researchers to translate recent discoveries into the most advanced cancer care available in New Mexico. Some of these advanced options may be offered through clinical trials, which are conducted to better diagnose, prevent and treat cancer. Clinical trials test new or modified cancer drugs, new drug doses, unique approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, and varied combinations of treatments. 

Radiation Oncologists

... treat cancer using radiation. Radiation kills cancer cells and radiation oncologists manage how much radiation to use and how it is given. Radiation oncologists at UNM Cancer Center offer stereotactic body radiation, stereotactic surgery, intensity modulated radiation therapy and high-dose rate brachytherapy radiation.

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Surgical Oncologists

... perform biopsies and other surgical procedures for people with cancer. At the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, our surgical oncologists offer skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomies and immediate breast reconstruction.

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Reconstructive Surgeons

... reshape or rebuild parts of the body. At UNM Cancer Center, our reconstructive surgeons offer microsurgical flap surgery, deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap surgery, and fat grafting.

Breast cancer is a community concern.
One in eight women will have breast cancer over their lifetime.
So you know somebody who has breast cancer,
whether you know it or not.

– Stephanie Fine, MD, breast surgeon

Oncology Radiologists

... find breast cancer in mammograms. Our radiologists are expert in reading mammograms, with many years of training and practice.

Darcy Cooke, PA-C

Darcy Cooke, PA-C

Patricia Schoenfeld, MSN, CFNM, AOCN

Patricia Schoenfeld, MSN, CFNM, AOCN

Angela Arenas, CNP

Angela Arenas, CNP

Suzanne Gagnon, CNP

Suzanne Gagnon, CNP

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

... may perform certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician. They may give medications or injections, take medical histories or perform medical exams.

The only two licensed cancer genetic counselors in New Mexico are at the UNM Cancer Center. Genetic consultation and testing are available in the spectrum of care for the patient.

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Jamina Oomen-Hajagos, PhD, MS, LCGC

Jamina Oomen-Hajagos, PhD, MS, LCGC

Shawnia Ryan, MS, CGC

Shawnia Ryan, MS, CGC

Cancer Genetic Counselors

... help clients learn about their risk of getting cancer based on the clients and their family’s medical history. The counseling may lead to genetic testing of the client or members of their family.

Ernestine Trujillo, MS, RD, LD

Ernestine Trujillo, MS, RD, LD

Cancer Nutritionists

... help people fighting cancer get through their treatment. Instead of prescribing drugs, they prescribe foods that will help them with their health.

I tell patients, “don’t hesitate to ask for help (during cancer treatment).”
This is the time to ask.

– Ernestine Trujillo, MS, RD, LD,
cancer nutritionist