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Breast Cancer Team

Every woman benefits from the entire team’s combined expertise

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

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

The UNM Cancer Center is home to one of the nation’s most respected breast cancer teams, and the only comprehensive, multifaceted breast cancer team in New Mexico.

In this 2014 interview, Stephanie Fine, MD, speaks to KRQE-TV about the UNM Cancer Center Breast team. See the most updated information about our 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/


Meet the Breast Cancer Care Team:

The entire team becomes involved from the beginning, to plan together for the best care for the patient.

Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD

Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD

Zonnedy Dayao, MD

Zonnedy Dayao, MD

Amy Tarnower, MD

Amy Tarnower, MD

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.

Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD
Zonnedy Dayao, MD
Amy Tarnower, MD

Thomas Schroeder, MD

Thomas Schroeder, MD

Gregory Gan, MD, PhD

Gregory Gan, MD, PhD

David Lee, MD, PhD

David Lee, MD, PhD

Ben Liem, MD

Ben Liem, MD

William R. Thompson, MD

William R. Thompson, MD

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.

Thomas Schroeder, MD
Gregory Gan, MD, PhD
David Lee, MD, PhD
Ben Liem, MD
William R. Thompson, MD

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. 

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

Stephanie Fine, MD

Stephanie Fine. MD

Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS

Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS

Sangeetha Prabhakaran, MD

Sangeetha Prabhakaran, MD

Ashwani Rajput, MD, FACS

Ashwani Rajput, MD, FACS

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.

Stephanie Fine, MD
Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS
Sangeetha Prabhakaran, MD
Ashwani Rajput, MD, FACS

Anil Shetty, MD

Anil Shetty, MD

Jeffrey Wu, MD

Jeffrey Wu, MD

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.

Anil Shetty, MD
Jeffrey Wu, MD

UNM’s team has one of only two Breast Fellowship-trained surgeons in the state. Dr. Fine works with the other surgical oncologists to offer the latest discoveries in breast surgical options. Together, they work closely with the reconstructive surgeons so that breast reconstruction can take place seamlessly — sometimes during the same operation.

Elizabeth Young, MD

Elizabeth Young, MD

Jennifer Saline, MD

Jennifer Saline, MD

Oncology Radiologists

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

Elizabeth Young, MD
Jennifer Saline, MD

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.

Darcy Cooke, PA-C
Patricia Schoenfeld, MSN, CFNM, AOCN
Angela Arenas, CNP
Suzanne Gagnon, CNP

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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.

Jamina Oomen-Hajagos, PhD, MS, LCGC
Shawnia Ryan, MS, CGC

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

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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.

Ernestine Trujillo, MS, RD, LD

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

Through the Long Term Breast Cancer Clinic, the team offers annual check-ups throughout survivorship to watch for other cancer symptoms that might need further treatment. The team's goal is to help the patient recover well from breast cancer, to get back to their life.

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