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As a comprehensive cancer center, designated by the National Cancer Institute, we offer the best cancer care in the world. We focus on the cancers that affect New Mexicans the most and translate those discoveries into treatments that help people right here and across the nation. We hope you enjoy this update from the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Please visit us online to learn more.

Meet James Rockenfield

A rancher from northern New Mexico shares his experience as a bone marrow transplant patient — at the only bone marrow transplant program in the state (ours).

Taylor MS Supports Breast Cancer Research

Students at Taylor Middle School donated the proceeds of their breast cancer awareness fundraiser to UNM Cancer Center.

'Miracle Patient' honors Dr. Boayue

Adam Sanchez-Torrez thinks his pediatric oncologist, Koh Boayue, MD, is amazing. Watch him present a special award to Dr. Boayue.

Research News

Sneaky Viruses: UNM Cancer Center Scientist Learns about HPV Infection

Viruses need to get inside a cell to make more viruses. Grants worth $2.7 million will help Michelle Ozbun, PhD, learn how human papillomavirus (HPV) sneaks in. The grants focus on basic science discoveries, but Ozbun and her team also hope to develop new ways in which to measure infections.
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Institutional News

Dr. Willman Named NAI Fellow

Dr. Cheryl L. Willman of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the organization announced in December, 2017. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society, the NAI said.
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Cheryl Willman, MD
Community Events and Outreach

Lobos Love Pink Games

To celebrate breast cancer fighters and survivors and to honor those who have lost their battle, The University of New Mexico Lobos and UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center sponsored several “Lobos Love Pink” games. The Football game took place on Friday, October 20, 2017. The Women’s Basketball game took place Saturday, February 10, 2018. And the Men’s Basketball game took place Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The Men’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Baseball and Women’s Softball teams also help Lobos Love Pink games.

Forum Gives Latest on MDS Treatment

Myelodysplastic syndromes are a group of bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy mature blood cells. New treatments are continually being developed. In this forum, MDS experts, including Cecilia Arana Yi, MD, gave patients, their families and their caregivers the latest information about MDS treatments and strategies for living with MDS.

Motorcycle Ride Raises Money and Awareness for Breast Cancer

The Turquoise Trail Harley Owners’ Group teamed up with Thunderbird Harley Davidson for the third annual “Pink Your Ride — Motorcyclists Increasing Awareness (MIA)” motorcycle ride to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. The ride raised $1,900 to benefit The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Legislators Take
Shots at Cancer

New Mexico’s senators and representatives faced each other in an end-of-session, hotly contested basketball game Feb. 5. A tradition for 17 years, the game has raised more than $180,000 since 2007. The Senate ‘Lobos’ beat the House of Representatives ‘Aggies’ for the fifth year in a row. View game details.

Motorcyclists Fundraise for Cancer Research in NM

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The annual ‘Ride for the Cure NM’ motorcycle ride took place Saturday, March 24. The ride included a family fun event that featured music, food, beer garden, vendors and raffles.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD, leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Clinical Working Group at UNM Cancer Center, encouraged all New Mexicans to talk to their healthcare providers about screening. Cancers of the colon and rectum are the third most common cancers in men and women but they can be cured, Soares says, especially when caught early.