Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Stem Cell Transplant

The Hematologic Cancers Team at the UNM Cancer Center treats blood disorders. These include leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and benign (non-cancerous) blood diseases.

The new Bone Marrow Transplant program offers stem cell transplantation. And, our program recently received designation as an MDS Center of Excellence.

Autologous bone marrow transplantation is the process of taking bone marrow stem cells out of a patient, and then infusing them back in after the patient receives high dose therapy. This allows us to use treatments that would otherwise harm the bone marrow.

– Matthew Fero, MD


Meet the Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma & Stem Cell Transplantation Team

Medical Oncologists

... use chemotherapy and targeted therapies to treat blood diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and benign blood disorders. Our team has worked closely with cancer specialists to pioneer genomic methods for personalized medicine.

“The revolution in cancer medicine today really is personalized medicine...
Our ability to develop new treatments greatly impacts the care of children everywhere.”

– Cheryl Willman, MD
UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center Director & CEO
speaking with NBC News about leukemia breakthroughs
for Native American and Hispanic children


Oncology Pathologists

... at the UNM Cancer Center work on genetic sequencing that leads to personalized medicine, which is the next great frontier in cancer treatment.

Janet De La Garza, RN, MSN, AOCN

Janet De La Garza, RN, MSN, AOCN

Shari Freyer, PA-C

Shari Freyer, PA-C

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.

Radiation Oncologists

... treat blood disorders with whole body radiation or with radiation targeted to specific body parts that are causing pain or are enlarged. Radiation kills cells and can be used alone or as part of your overall treatment.

Bone Marrow Transplant Program at UNM
The only program of its kind in New Mexico

The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center offers autologous stem cell transplants for people with lymphoma and myeloma. Autologous transplants allow you to get chemotherapy treatment that would otherwise be harmful to your bone marrow.

Bone marrow is a liquid organ. Its cells can be coaxed into the bloodstream. Autologous transplants harvest stem cells from blood, store them during chemotherapy, and transplant the stem cells back into the bloodstream. Once in the blood, the stem cells find their way back into the bone marrow where they grow new blood cells.

Our Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center is the state’s only bone marrow transplant program. Our team includes a nurse manager, nurse coordinator, a social worker, a pharmacist, infusion nurses, and an inpatient team. Housed on the fourth floor of the clinic, the dedicated space has infusion bays, open stations, private rooms and transplant bays.