The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

UNM is the only facility in New Mexico that offers:
   • Chemotherapy,
   • Radiation Therapy,
   • Cancer Surgery,
   • Cancer Genetic Counseling,
   • Clinical Trials,
   • Supportive Care, and
   • An Onsite Pharmacy
   • together under one roof.
The UNM Cancer Center is ranked among the top 3% of cancer centers in the United States, one of only 51 to achieve a Comprehensive designation from the National Cancer Institute.

It is home to New Mexico’s largest team of cancer specialists:
   • 125 board-certified oncology physicians from top institutions such as MD Anderson, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic represent every cancer specialty.
   • More than 130 scientists from schools such as Harvard, MIT and Memorial Sloan-Kettering are recognized throughout the nation for breakthrough research in genomics, leukemia, nanotechnology, radioisotopes and drug discovery.

Multidisciplinary teams collaborate to develop the most effective treatment plan for each patient:
   • Cancer physicians and surgeons work together with nurses, pharmacy and staff to coordinate the patient’s care.

100% of every dollar raised by the Lobo Cancer Challenge supports world-class cancer care at home for New Mexicans.


To provide and deliver the highest quality, state of the art, comprehensive cancer diagnosis and treatment for all New Mexicans. At The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, multidisciplinary teams of cancer physicians and surgeons work together with nurses, pharmacists, and staff to develop the most effective treatment plan for each of our patients.

Cancer Research

To conduct outstanding cancer research in our laboratories, clinics, and communities focused on discovering the causes and cures for cancer, particularly those cancers that disproportionately affect the people of New Mexico, and to translate our discoveries into more effective means to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. At UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, scientific teams are focused on discovering and overcoming the genetic, environmental, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to the distinct patterns of cancer incidence, mortality, and disparities in New Mexicans.

Community Outreach

To develop and expand partnerships with New Mexico’s communities statewide and American Indian Nations to deliver community-based education, screening, and prevention programs.

Cancer Clinical Trials

To provide access for all New Mexicans to the newest and most effective cancer treatments and prevention agents in cancer clinical trials at the UNM Cancer Center and statewide through the NM Cancer Care Alliance.

Education and Training

To educate, train, and mentor the next generation of cancer physicians, scientists, nurses, pharmacists, and healthcare professionals to assure that New Mexico and the nation have a highly qualified healthcare workforce.

Economic Development

To enhance economic development through scientific discoveries, inventions, and the formation of new ventures.

Named to Lead the Charge to Overcome Cancer in New Mexico

The New Mexico State Legislature founded UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1971 as New Mexico’s first cancer treatment program. The center was named the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico by the State Legislature in 2003.

In 2005, the center earned the prestigious National Cancer Institute Designation and joined the network of the nation’s premiere cancer centers. In 2015, the center earned the elite NCI Comprehensive designation, attained by only the top three percent of cancer centers in the nation.

Partnerships with Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute and New Mexico State University have fueled New Mexico’s economic development and biotechnology growth.

When UNM Cancer Center received elite 'comprehensive' designation

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