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Yolanda Sanchez, Director of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Yolanda Sanchez, PhD
Director and CEO
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dear friends,

The Lobo Cancer Challenge helps us to deliver the best cancer care in the world. And when you support this fundraising event, you help all New Mexicans who are facing cancer.

The support of our generous sponsors enables us to channel 100% of the fundraising dollars to directly support cancer patient care, research, community outreach, and education and training at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

We are profoundly grateful to everyone in our community who has participated, volunteered, sponsored and donated. Thank you for your continued support.

Why Your Support of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is Critical

   • The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only cancer center in New Mexico that is designated by the National Cancer Institute. It holds NCI Comprehensive designation, the most rigorous and elite designation, and is one of only 56 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States.

   • The UNM Cancer Center offers our region cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship care. More than 136 cancer physicians in every cancer specialty and more than 600 staff members provide treatment to patients from every county in New Mexico and from out-of-state as well. Together, almost 15,000 people were treated last year in more than 102,000 clinic visits.

   • The 123 cancer scientists at the UNM Cancer Center focus on discovering the causes and cures for those cancers that most frequently affect New Mexicans. They provide cancer education and screening programs and engage with communities throughout our state to address specific cancer needs.

   • Our cancer doctors and scientists are working together to discover new approaches to screening, diagnosing and treating cancer. From using pilot funds to collect preliminary data, to translating their discoveries into investigator-initiated clinical trials, they are developing new approaches to address the cancer burden in our state. Their discoveries have led to new and more effective treatments for many cancers such as those of the breast, ovaries, brain, skin, and blood.

   • Through the  collaborative statewide network called the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance, our Clinical Research Office offers access for all New Mexicans to new drugs and therapies in clinical trials.

   • The UNM Cancer Center trains more than 200 cancer physicians, scientists, pharmacists and nurses every year, contributing to our future healthcare workforce.

Join me in supporting these critical parts of our missions!

Yolanda Sanchez, PhD
Director and CEO
The University of New Mexico
Comprehensive Cancer Center



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