Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Stem Cell Transplant

The Hematologic Cancers Team at UNM Cancer Center treats blood disorders. Blood disorders include leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and benign (non-cancerous) blood diseases. The UNM Cancer Center hematological program has been designated by the MDS Foundation as a 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

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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 scientists 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

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Oncology Pathologists

Genomic sequencing that leads to personalized medicine is the next great frontier in cancer treatment.

Radiation Oncologists

Treats 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.

To make an appointment,
call us at 505-272-4946.

Midlevel Providers

Under the guidance of a physician, they may give medications or injections, take medical histories, perform medical exams or perform certain medical procedures. Not pictured: Kristin Rivera, CNP

Janet De La Garza, RN, MSN, AOCN

Janet De La Garza, RN, MSN, AOCN

Shari Freyer, PA-C

Shari Freyer, PA-C

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Cheyenne Blanton, PA-C

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Gloria Darrah, CNP

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Jessica Lewis, PA-C

Bone Marrow Transplant Program at UNM
The only program in New Mexico is also FACT Accredited!

The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center offers autologous stem cell transplants most often 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.

Learn more about the bone marrow transplant process at UNM Cancer Center