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Cancer Care


Patient receiving treatment at the Comprehensive Cancer CenterThe University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is in the top 3% of cancer centers in the country – the state's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center. You will find services, resources and advanced new treatments that aren't available at many other facilities. That's why 60% of adults and almost every child with cancer in New Mexico get care here. Trust our team to treat any cancer, at any stage, with compassion and clinical excellence.

Multidisciplinary Team

You'll never have to fight cancer alone. Count on support from many UNM Cancer Center experts, including:

  • New Mexico's largest team of cancer doctors – 125 physicians – all of whom have fellowship training, the highest level of education a physician can receive. 
  • One of the only two breast fellowship-trained surgeons in the state.
  • The only two certified cancer genetic counselors in New Mexico.
  • Patient navigators who guide you through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Your caregivers partner with providers throughout the state to help you get top-quality care as close to home as possible.

Recognized for Exceptional Care

You can feel confident in our quality of care because UNM Cancer Center has earned the following recognitions:

  • NCI comprehensive cancer center designation – the highest federal rating – given to only 47 facilities in the country
  • The Joint Commission accreditation
  • American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditation with commendation
  • College of American Pathologists certification
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative

Personalized Treatment

Patient being consoled by doctor

Your care team will create a care plan tailored to you -- respecting your wishes while meeting your needs. Your care plan will offer treatment in an order that will give you the best chance to overcome your cancer.

  • Radiation therapy
    • The state's first TomoTherapy® system, which minimizes exposure to healthy tissue.
    • Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy that provide alternatives to traditional surgery.
  • Chemotherapy
    • Support and education about the medication, side effects and safety.
    • Infusion pharmacy that uses DoseEdge technology to improve the safety and accuracy of your prescriptions.
  • Surgery
    • Minimally invasive robot-assisted procedures that can speed recovery for patients with head and neck cancers, genitourinary cancers and women's reproductive-system cancers.
    • Advanced gastrointestinal treatments, including the Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer, as well as hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).
    • Nipple-sparing and skin-sparing mastectomies.
    • Breast reconstruction immediately after mastectomy.
  • Immunotherapy for many types of cancer that teaches your body's own cells to kill the cancer. 

As part of your personalized care plan, we adjust your treatment as your needs and your body changes.

Pharmacist at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Clinical Trials & Research

Through clinical trials, you may be able to try some of the newest, most promising treatments years before they are available. The UNM Cancer Center usually has about 175 clinical research studies available, so that you have the best options for treatment in New Mexico.

Whether or not you participate in a clinical trial, you'll benefit from the latest, evidence-based care because we're on the forefront of research on cancers that most affect New Mexicans.

Genomic Sequencing

Genomic sequencing can offer another option for your treatment. Our team can use the information in each of your cells to find the best treatment for you. Only a few facilities in the country can offer this treatment option.

Genetic Counseling & Testing

If one or more of your family members have experienced cancer, ask your doctor if you'd benefit from genetic counseling and testing through UNM Cancer Center's Hereditary Cancer Assessment Program. We have the only licensed genetic counselors in the state.  You'll learn whether you face a higher risk of inheritable cancer, and discover steps you can take to protect your health.

Support Services

You and your family will find support for your entire well-being, including your emotional, social and spiritual needs. Ask your cancer care team for help accessing psychological counseling, nutrition guidance, financial aid, transportation, community resources, support groups and more. 

Contact Us

Call 505-272-4946 to request your appointment at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.

photo: UNM Cancer Center building
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