The New Mexico State Legislature founded UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1971 as New Mexico’s first cancer program. The center was named the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico by the State Legislature in 2003. In 2005, we earned the prestigious National Cancer Institute Designation and joined the network of the nation’s premier cancer centers. In 2015, we earned the even more elite NCI Comprehensive designation, which only the top three percent of cancer centers attain. 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.
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.
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.
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.
To enhance economic development through scientific discoveries, inventions, and the formation of new ventures.