Patient Education on Blood Cancers

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will hold an education program at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center April 22

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will hold its first ever free New Mexico patient education program for patients and survivors of blood cancers and their families and caregivers on April 22.

The program will start with a complimentary breakfast at 8:15 a.m., followed by the program from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1201 Camino de Salud, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The goal of the program is to give attendees a better understanding of how to manage their life after a blood cancer diagnosis, as well as lifestyle factors and choices to consider for the best quality of life.

Our panel of experts will discuss blood cancer survivorship, lifestyle habits and more.

Members of the panel are:

  • Shashank Cingam, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Matthew Fero, MD, FACP, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Director of the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant program at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Amy Gundelach, APRN, MSN, AG-CNS, OCN, Nurse Navigator and Survivorship Program Coordinator, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Kelly Dunn, RDN, CSO, CNSC, LD, Senior Clinical Dietitian, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

While the event is free, registration is required. You can register by following this link: Registration closes April 18.

For more information, contact Gabriela Ruiz, patient and community outreach coordinator with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, (602) 567-7539,

UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius.

Its more than 120 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 600 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provide treatment to 65% of New Mexico's cancer patients from all across the state and partner with community health systems statewide to provide cancer care closer to home. They treated approximately 14,000 patients in about 100,000 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital.

A total of nearly 400 patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments that include tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing.

The more than 100 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded $35.7 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects. Since 2015, they have published nearly 1000 manuscripts, and promoting economic development, they filed 136 new patents and launched 10 new biotechnology start-up companies.

Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 500 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery.

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