Community Resources

New Mexicans are fortunate to have a wide network of organizations that provide invaluable community resources to cancer patients. The UNM Cancer Center works very closely with many of these organizations, and we encourage you to take advantage of their services. However, please note that these are outside organizations and are not affiliated with the UNM Cancer Center.

Local and National Resources

American Cancer Society

8500 Menual Boulevard NE Suite A500, Albuquerque, NM 87112
Phone: 505-262-6018 • Toll-Free Number: 800-227-2345 • Fax: 505-266-9513

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. ACS helps save lives by providing services that enable patients to stay on treatment. These include rides to and from cancer-related medical appointments, at no cost, for those who have no transportation; free or low-cost lodging on a space-available basis; a free, brand-new wig to every woman experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment; and an 800 number, listed above, with someone available to answer questions or provide support 24/7. Please allow 5-7 days for ACS to arrange transportation or lodging.

Cancer Services of New Mexico

P.O. Box 51735, Albuquerque, NM 87181-1735
Phone: 505-259-9583 • Fax: 505-503-1413

Cancer Services of New Mexico provides services to reduce cancer suffering among New Mexico’s families. Services include two free, three-day educational retreats each spring and fall, education materials and seminars, family cancer resource bags, legal/insurance information, patient advocacy and volunteer opportunities.

Cancer Support Now

P.O. Box 37338, Albuquerque, NM 87176-7338
Phone: 505-255-0405 • Toll-Free Number: 855-955-3500 • Fax: 505-821-0965

Cancer Support Now is a member-based organization created by cancer survivors to build and sustain an active community of people whose lives have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. The group provides opportunities for those facing cancer to give and receive support. Cancer Support Now emphasizes peer-facilitated support groups, one-to-one support, activities that strengthen the Cancer Support Now community and education and information to empower people affected by cancer to make prudent decisions.

Casa Esperanza

1005 Yale Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone Number: 505-246-2700 • Fax Number: 505-277-9876

Casa Esperanza is an affordable “home away from home” serving out-of-town cancer patients and their family members. Casa Esperanza provides simple, home-like amenities that patients and families may find lacking in commercial facilities. Facilities include four central kitchens and a spacious community/dining room to encourage therapeutic interaction and sharing among families. Residents benefit from a free Clinical Counseling Program and a Patient Navigation/ Survivor Services Program, designed to help cancer patients, survivors and their families access needed health, financial and social services.

Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico

112 14th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-243-3618 • Fax: 505-243-1490

The Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico helps children and their families with the day-to-day emotional, financial and educational needs of living with and fighting cancer.

Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico

3001 Trellis Dr. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-323-0478

The Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico provides a safe and supportive environment where children, teens and their families can share experiences and feelings while grieving death.

Comadre a Comadre

UNM Main Campus, Manzanita Hall, Suite 117 (Building 70)
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(Near Johnson Field, Parking available near tennis court)
Phone: 505-277-2398 • Fax: 505-277-2352

Comadre a Comadre is a peer-led and community-based program designed to improve breast health and breast cancer outcomes among Hispanic/Latina women. The program provides free education, resources and support to women and their loved ones.

Holland’s Rose, Inc.

132 Griegos Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-345-2020 • Fax: 505-341-2922

Holland’s Rose is a nonprofit organization founded on the values and principles of a Christ centered community. It offers a fully equipped home for families staying in Albuquerque for medical reasons, particularly cancer. Its all-volunteer staff has firsthand knowledge of what it means to hear the diagnosis, “You’ve got cancer.” Volunteers help families with housing, transportation arrangements and other needs.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – NM/El Paso Chapter

4600-A Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 201, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: 505-872-0141 • Toll-Free Number: 888-286-7846 • Fax: 505-872-2480

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Services include financial and emotional support, patient and professional education, advocacy and a school re-entry program for children with all cancers.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico

144 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-888-9474 • Fax: 505-232-0678

Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico works to grant the fondest wishes of New Mexican children between the ages of 2½ and 18 years who have a medically diagnosed life-threatening illness or condition.

National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service

Toll-Free Number: 800-422-6237

The National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service provides the latest and most accurate cancer information to patients and their families, health professionals and the public. Cancer information specialists are available to answer questions by phone and email. Knowledgeable, caring and experienced at explaining medical information, they have access to comprehensive, accurate information on a range of cancer topics, including the most recent advances in cancer treatment. The service is confidential, and information specialists spend as much time as needed for thorough and personalized responses.

New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care

3200 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Suite 117, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 505-889-4556 • Fax: 505-889-4928

The New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care serves its membership through advocacy, networking, education and communication. It promotes success and best practices for home care, hospice and related home health support services.

New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance

1201 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: 505-272-7813 • Fax: 505-272-7799

Housed at the UNM Cancer Center, the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance is a statewide network of healthcare institutions and physicians dedicated to providing New Mexico cancer patients and their families and loved ones with local access to the latest experimental treatments available and information developed through cancer research studies. The Alliance enables all New Mexicans to access new, experimental treatments without the expense of leaving the state.

New Mexico Department of Health – Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

5301 Central Ave. NE, Suite 800, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-841-5860 • Toll-Free & Bilingual Number: 877-852-2585 • Fax: 505-222-8602

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free pap tests and mammograms to eligible women who are underserved and ages 30 or older. In this and other ways, the program seeks to improve access to high-quality breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for underserved women in New Mexico. The program also works to increase public awareness through education about prevention, disease processes and the importance of regular screening exams for early detection.

New Mexico Dept. of Health – Colorectal Cancer Program

5301 Central Ave. NE, Suite 800, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Toll-Free & Bilingual Number: 877-852-2585 Phone: 505-222-8601 • Fax: 505-222-8602

The Colorectal Cancer Program is dedicated to improving access to high-quality colorectal cancer screening and diagnostic services for men and women who are underserved. It also works to increase awareness through education about prevention, disease processes and the importance of annual screenings for early detection.

New Mexico Dept. of Health – Comprehensive Cancer Program

5301 Central Ave. NE, Suite 800, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-841-5847 • Fax: 505-222-8602

The Comprehensive Cancer Program offers cancer education, information and resources to the public and healthcare providers.

Ostomy Association of Albuquerque

P.O.Box 35598
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87176
Email: • Voicemail: 505-830-2135

The Ostomy Association of Albuquerque sponsors monthly support group meetings, a visitor program, a quarterly newsletter, a lending library and a supply closet. Families, friends, and caregivers are also welcome to accompany support group participants. The support group welcomes participants both before and after surgery. Meetings are held the first Sunday of each month (except January) at 2:00 pm at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, 8300 Constitution Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Enter at Emergency Room entrance, then left through the double doors to Aspen Room.

Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico

909 Virginia St., NE, #109, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-254-7784 • Toll-Free Number: 800-278-7678 • Fax: 505-254-7786

The Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico provides education, support and encouragement to help all people affected by prostate cancer make informed decisions about how to fight the disease. The organization offers counseling, early detection and screening, educational materials and seminars and support groups.

United Blood Services

1515 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-843-6227 • Toll-Free Number: 800-333-8037 • Fax: 505-247-8835

United Blood Services is a nonprofit community blood center, providing blood, blood components and special services to patients in more than 500 hospitals in 18 states. There are six United Blood Services centers in New Mexico.

YWCA Middle Rio Grande, Women’s Health Equity Program/ENCOREplus

210 Truman St. NE, Suite A, Albuquerque NM 87108
Phone: 505-254-9922 x128 • Fax: 505-254-9953

The Women’s Health Equity Program provides women with financial assistance for annual screening mammograms, as well as diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds. ENCOREplus provides transportation assistance for women to get to appointments and personal reminders to get annual mammograms.