In the News

October 10 2018

Dr. Willman on Medicare Cuts

Cheryl Willman, MD, CEO and Director of the UNM Cancer Center, wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Washington Examiner Oct. 6, Medicare cuts threaten access to lifesaving cancer treatments.   According to the article: ...the federal 340B drug pricing program has been critical in our ability to [...]
October 08 2018

Dr. Soares on Building a NET Practice

Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD, recently attended the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society meeting and speaks in this video about building a practice to help people overcome neuroendocrine tumors. Heloise Soares, MD - UNM - Building a NET Practice from NorCal CarciNET Community on Vimeo.
August 10 2018

Physical activity research to help older cancer survivors

Cindy Blair, PhD, wants to bring research on physical activity to older cancer survivors, instead of asking them to come to her. Read the press release to learn more about her work and watch the video of her interview with KRQE-TV:
July 24 2018

New Mexico’s High Liver Cancer Rates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that New Mexico has one of the highest rates of liver cancer in the country. Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD, talked to Colton Shone, KOB-TV, about liver cancer in New Mexico:
June 20 2018

Dr. Soares is one of “40 Under 40 in Oncology”

Congratulations to Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD! Dr. Soares was recognized by the Lynx Group as one of the top 40 oncologists younger than 40 in the United States. Dr. Soares talked to Sara Yingling, KRQE-TV, about her award:
May 31 2018

Polly’s Run Fights Pancreatic Cancer

Polly’s Run, a fundraiser to support pancreatic cancer research, took place Sunday, June 3, at Tiguex Park near Albuquerque’s Old Town. The event featured a 5K run/walk and a Kid’s K. The run raised $45,000; all proceeds benefit the Polly Rogers Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive [...]
May 18 2018

‘Splash Away Cancer’ to Benefit Patient Care Programs at UNM

The ‘Splash Away Cancer!’ event will take place Saturday, May 19. The swimming fundraiser supports cancer research and patient care programs at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event is sponsored by the Lobo Aquatic Club, UNM Recreational Services, and New Mexico Masters Swimming. Amber Zimmerman and Terri Casey talk [...]
May 08 2018

Dr. Brinker Elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to C. Jeffrey Brinker, PhD! Dr. Brinker was recently elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. According to its website, "The American Academy serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge." Its members reflect the full range of disciplines and [...]
April 27 2018

Drawing STEM Graduates back to New Mexico

The University of New Mexico encourages and supports students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). It also wants to draw them back to New Mexico, to make a difference in the lives of people here. Angela Wandinger-Ness, PhD, and Naomi Lee, PhD, talked to David Romero, FOX-NM, about STEM and [...]
April 23 2018

Congress Recognizes Dr. Willman

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has formally congratulated Dr. Cheryl Willman in the U.S. Congressional Record for being elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Read the remarks in the Congressional Record. Read the press release about the NAI Fellows announcement.
April 20 2018

Dr. Yilmaz comments on Immunotherapy studies in Lung Cancer

Emrullah Yilmaz, MD, PhD, talked to Erica Zucco, KOB-TV, about immunotherapy use in lung cancer. Dr. Yilmaz explained what immunotherapy does to attack cancer cells and how it helps people fight their cancer. Immunotherapies can be used in different types of cancer and are part of clinical trials at UNM [...]
April 10 2018

Bone Marrow Transplant Program Brings Care to NM

  James Rockenfield was diagnosed with Lymphoma in November of 2016. He quickly learned that he would need a bone marrow transplant to fight the disease. This treatment, just a few short years ago, would have taken him out of state, but thanks to the Bone Marrow Transplant Program (more…)
April 02 2018

March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you miss it? March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, but it's never too late to talk to your primary care practitioner about a screening colonoscopy. Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD, talked to Meghan Richards about colorectal cancers, their symptoms, and why you should schedule your screening colonoscopy.
March 15 2018

Get Ready to Ride! Ride for the Cure NM is March 24

Ride for the Cure NM takes place March 24. Read the press release to learn more. Gina Felix, President of Ride for the Cure NM, tells Khalil Ekulona, Good Day NM, more about the event: And Gina talks to Kristen Currie, FOX-NM, about the ride and Cut-a-Ton, in which she and [...]
March 14 2018

‘Miracle Patient’ honors Dr. Boayue

Adam Sanchez-Torrez thinks his pediatric oncologist, Koh Boayue, MD, is amazing. He nominated her for a "Pay it 4-ward" Award. In this video, Adam and his grandmother, Catherine Sanchez, explains why she got the award. Thank you, Dr. Boayue, for your dogged determination to help Adam and his family. And, thank [...]
March 06 2018

Dr. Ozbun awarded grants to study HPV infection

Michelle Ozbun, PhD, recently won two grants totaling more than $2.7 million to study how Human papillomavirus infects cells. In the process, she and her team hope to create new ways to measure viral infections and to discover new ways to treat infections. Read the press release. Listen to the [...]
February 09 2018

Lobos Love Pink Week Starts Saturday!

To honor and celebrate breast cancer fighters, the Men's and Women's UNM Basketball teams are holding their Lobos Love Pink games in the same week. (Learn more about the  Lobos Love Pink games.) Rae Ann Paden, Chief Administrative Officer, and Amy Liotta, Operations Director, talked to Casey Messer, KOB-TV's "Good Day [...]
February 06 2018

Annual ‘Hoops 4 Hope’ game supports patient care

The annual Hoops 4 Hope game raised more than $32,500 to help patients at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Thank you to our state senators and representatives, Coach Davie, Coach Martin, and all the game sponsors and supporters! The Senate Lobos beat the House Aggies 33 to 24, giving the [...]
January 19 2018

Taylor Middle School Raises Money for Breast Cancer

Students at Taylor Middle School donate proceeds from their breast cancer awareness fundraiser to The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Taylor Middle School Social Studies Teacher and Student Council Advisor Sueann Miller joined the students in presenting the check to Sara Lister, Senior Director of Development at The [...]
November 09 2017

No-Shave November focuses on Men’s Health

A movement to grow facial hair hopes to bring more attention to men's health issues. Campaign organizers hope to bring attention to prostate cancer, testicular testing and mental health. Watch the interview in which Thomas Schroeder, MD, talked with Erica Zucco, KOB-TV:
October 20 2017

Lobos Love Pink! Football game celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to celebrate, UNM Athletics and UNM Cancer Center are teaming up to present the Lobos Love Pink Football game. The UNM Lobos will kick off against the Colorado State Rams on Friday, October 20, at 8:15 pm.   Amy Tarnower, MD, talked to [...]
October 04 2017

Promising New Cancer Drug Tested in Phase 1 Clinical Trial

Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD, played a key role in bringing a new cancer drug to clinical trials. Some New Mexicans were among the first in the world to try the new drug, which was made available through the UNM Cancer Center Phase 1 Clinical Trials program. View Dr. Rixe's interview [...]
September 25 2017

Thank you for a Successful Bike Ride!

Thank you to our riders, sponsors, volunteers, donors and staff. Our Bike Ride was a success! Every one of you made a big contribution to fighting cancer in our state. Thank you so much!
September 13 2017

Cancer Fighter Sandy Gold on Why She Rides

Sandy Gold has beaten cancer twice. She faced melanoma in 1978 and beat breast cancer in 2005. A strong and spirited advocate for cancer survivors, Ms. Gold is an avid cyclist. She competed in the 2003 Senior Olympics and again in the 2005 Senior Olympics shortly held shortly after her [...]
August 21 2017

Helping to Enhance Research in Oncology Program Thanks HEROes

Clinical trials are research studies conducted in people. Cancer clinical trials help doctors and scientists learn about cancer. They can help people with cancer, too, by offering more choices for treatment. Without the people who volunteer to take part in cancer clinical trials, we wouldn't know what we know today about [...]
August 16 2017

Bone Marrow Transplant Program Celebrates One Year

The Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center began treating people a little more than one year ago. The first people treated in the program are celebrating their first year after treatment. Bone marrow transplantation helps to treat lymphomas and myelomas. New Mexicans can now get these [...]
August 04 2017

Lobo Cancer Challenge Bike Ride Registration is Open!

The Lobo Cancer Challenge is a bike ride fundraising event. All proceeds that riders raise go to support patient care and cancer research at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Learn more and register online at Ride Director Amy Liotta talked to Tom Trowbridge, KANW-FM, about the event:   And [...]
August 04 2017

New Mexicans with Blood Disorders Now Have More Choices for Treatment

People in New Mexico with blood disorders will now have the opportunity to take part in national and international clinical trials that offer more and different treatment choices. The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation has designated the UNM Cancer Center as a  Center of Excellence. Read the press release and the Albuquerque Free Press [...]
July 24 2017

Prostate Cancer Clinical Trial Opening

A new clinical trial to learn about how men can recover faster and better from prostate cancer is about to start. View the HERO-Brochure and watch the interview with Senior Project Manager Gina Cardinali and Adam Attichison, KRQE-TV's "This Morning."
July 19 2017

Dr. Brown-Glaberman wins Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD, has won a Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute. The award is given to outstanding cancer clinical investigators. ancer clinical investigators conduct clinical trials to discover new or better ways to find, prevent and treat cancer. They make sure clinical trials meet strict [...]
July 11 2017

Pap Smears and HPV Testing Can Catch Pre-Cancers

HPV Testing along with Pap Smears could help millions of women in detecting pre-cancers and stopping them before they become cancerous. Cosette Wheeler, PhD, of the UNM Cancer Center recently published a paper with colleagues at Queen Mary University in London, England. Read the press release. Dr. Wheeler talked to Carmelina [...]
June 19 2017

A Global Approach to Preventing Cervical Cancer

Human papillomavirus causes several kinds of cancers. It causes almost all cancers of the cervix and also causes cancers of the mouth, throat and anus. Preventing HPV-related cancers worldwide is possible, though. Cosette Wheeler, PhD, and her colleagues recently published a paper describing a strategy to make the HPV vaccine available [...]
May 22 2017

Splash Away Cancer! event a Swimming Success

The Annual Splash Away Cancer! event took place May 20. Proceeds benefitted The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Thank you to the organizers, Joel Swartz, Bobby Goldie and Rob Dickson, and to all who took part in the event!    
May 03 2017

Put on Your Sequins, Suits and … Sneakers!

The Lobos vs. Cancer Gala will take place Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Sandia Resort and Casino. Proceeds benefit research and patient programs at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. The evening features silent and live auctions, a cocktail reception and a sit-down dinner that you can enjoy in your comfortable [...]
April 17 2017

Superhero Fun Run in Las Cruces

The Kevin Rudi Foundation will hold its third annual Superhero 5K Fun Run to raise awareness for and money to support research in spindle cell carcinoma. Kevin Rudi was 27 when he passed away from spindle cell carcinoma in 2014. The Fun Run invites runners of all abilities and strongly encourages costumes. [...]
April 11 2017

Targeting tumors with toxins

Arsenic is a naturally occurring toxin found in groundwater that is absorbed into what we eat and drink – including foods such as rice and apple juice – and New Mexico has some of the highest concentrations of the metallic mineral in the U.S. It’s considered a co-carcinogen, because it [...]
April 03 2017

New Hope for Man with Brain Cancer

Chad Walde was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in 2014. He is still enjoying life, thanks to different treatments he's been getting at UNMH and UNM Cancer Center. In this news story, M. Omar Chohan, MD, and Mr. Walde describe Mr. Walde's brain cancer and how they are precisely treating it [...]
March 23 2017

“Ride for the Cure New Mexico” Motorcyle Ride Helps UNM CCC Patients

"Ride for the Cure NM" will hold its annual ride this Saturday, March 25, to raise money to support patients at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. The ride's organizer, Gina Felix, knows firsthand how difficult a cancer diagnosis can be on patients and their families. Gina Felix talked to Mike [...]
March 20 2017

Preventing Cervical Cancer Globally

UPDATE: Dr. Wheeler will be attending the HPV Vax-a-Nation: Increasing HPV Vaccination in the US Conference May 11 in Charleston, South Carolina. This ongoing conference provides cancer centers a forum to identify opportunities to collectively engage in cancer prevention such as HPV vaccination. NCI-designated Cancer Centers, along with the National [...]
March 07 2017

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in New Mexico

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in New Mexico. See Governor Susana Martinez's Proclamation.   Vi Kien Chiu, MD, leads the Gastrointestinal Multidisciplinary team at UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. He recently talked to Terry Kelly about colorectal cancer. Read Dr. Chiu's interview to learn more about this widespread disease.   Dr. [...]
February 28 2017

NM House and Senate to Clash on the Basketball Court

Each year after the legislative session ends, New Mexico's lawmakers divide into House and Senate teams to compete one final time on the basketball court. For the last six years, their benefit game has raised money to help people in New Mexico facing cancer. Justin Schroer talks to Adam Attchison [...]
February 20 2017

Battling Aging and the diseases that come with it

Eric Prossnitz, PhD, and his international team have just learned about a new way to help cells fight aging. The discovery came from studying a protein in cell membranes. The protein is called GPER. GPER tells the cell how to respond to estrogen. The team discovered more about the complex system that [...]
February 16 2017

Lobos Love Pink! Week

The Lobo Men's and Women's Basketball teams are celebrating Lobos Love Pink Week February 14 and 18. The Men won their game Tuesday night against the Boise State Broncos. The Women face the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday at 1:00 pm. Both teams are wearing special uniforms for the event and [...]
February 02 2017

New Drug Archive Links Drugs, Diseases and Proteins for Better Care

Tudor Oprea, MD, PhD, longed for an archive that could tell him which drugs targeted which proteins that played a role in which diseases. But no such archive existed. Now, he and his international collaborators have created that database. Oprea and his UNM team are building their skills to add to the [...]
January 17 2017

New Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial Launches

Sarah Adams, MD, hopes her new ovarian cancer clinical trial will help to save women's lives. The new trial recently launched at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. The trial uses a PARP inhibitor to kill ovarian cancer cells and an antibody to boost the immune system's response to the cells. [...]
January 11 2017

Nation’s Cancer Centers Jointly Endorse Updated HPV Vaccine Recommendations

The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is among the 69 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers to endorse the updated joint statement supporting HPV vaccine use in the United States. The Joint statement endorses the United States Centers for Disease Control most recent guidelines. The guidelines recommend that children aged 11 to 12 should receive [...]