Over 75,000 New Mexicans are currently living with cancer and over 9,000 more are diagnosed each year. The diagnosis of cancer can be devastating, both to the patient and to the family members and friends who serve as their primary caregivers. Most feel unprepared to cope with the disease. Caregivers, in particular, typically feel completely overwhelmed and unqualified to care for their loved ones.
Many cancer patients and their loved ones have tremendous difficulty gaining access to the services and support they need. Practitioners are often too rushed to provide detailed information on what services are available and how to access them. Families have trouble getting adequate explanations and assistance with managing the illness on a day-to-day basis. The physical and emotional tolls are overwhelming.
Cancer Services of New Mexico was created to help address these challenges.
Our Mission and Focus
Cancer Services of New Mexico (CSNM) was formed in May, 2001, to provide services to reduce cancer suffering for New Mexico's families. We are the only statewide non-profit organization that looks broadly at addressing gaps in cancer-related services while maintaining a 100% focus on New Mexico.
We work closely with other service providers across the state to ensure coordination and avoid duplication of services. Our Medical Advisory Board includes many of New Mexico's leading oncologists. Cancer agencies and providers across New Mexico refer patients/survivors and loved ones to our programs.
Our Core Values & Beliefs
- We are committed to addressing gaps in New Mexico's cancer-related services. We focus on identifying gaps and developing programs to address them.
- We target our services on areas where we can have significant impact on cancer suffering in New Mexico. In particular, we focus on populations that are not adequately addressed by existing services.
- A cancer diagnosis impacts the entire family system. Our programs go beyond just supporting cancer patients/survivors, to include the family members, loved ones, and caregivers who are impacted by the disease.
- We work closely with other cancer services providers across the state to coordinate programs and minimize duplication of effort.
- We are a service organization, not a research organization or a fundraising foundation. We spend the vast majority of our funds delivering services directly to New Mexicans impacted by cancer.
- The spirit of volunteerism is critical to our success. Most of our Board Members and other volunteers have personal experience coping with cancer; they are committed to making a difference for others in similar situations. The extraordinary dedication of our volunteers allows us to operate unusually cost-effectively.
As a volunteer-led organization with no full-time staff, literally everything CSNM does is dependent on the generosity of our volunteers. Each year, approximately 300 people volunteer their time to support our efforts and our corps of volunteers continues to grow.
Current members of our Board of Directors include:
- Kathleen Kreider - President
- Gordon Hennessy - Vice President
- Linda Widick - Secretary
- Jeremy Stuart, CPA, MBA - Treasurer
Clifton Larson Allen, LLP
- Judith Harris, DNP, FNP-BC - Director
UNM College of Nursing/Harris Management Services
- Janet Quintana-Cook - Director
Management Consultant, BooyahMedia.com
- Jacqueline Olexy, JD, MSN, RN - Director
Madison, Harbour & Mroz, P.A.
- Scot Sauder, J.D. - Director
- John A. Trotter, PhD - Director
Professor Emeritus, UNM
- Blaire M. Larson - Founder and Past President
President, Cancer Services of New Mexico (volunteer)
CSNM Foundation Liaison
- Richard Larson, MD, PhD - CSNM Foundation President
Vice Chancellor for Research, UNM Health Sciences Center
Relationships with New Mexico's Oncology Community
We are delighted by the level of support we receive from New Mexico's oncology community. For example, over 60 oncology groups, cancer services agencies, and other organizations and individuals help us recruit participants for our Family Cancer Retreat by displaying brochures and applications and, in many cases, having nurses, social, workers, and other professionals personally encourage specific families they feel will benefit to attend. Each program includes 30 - 35 speakers representing different cancer services organizations around the state, including over a dozen physicians. Our Medical Advisory Board includes leading oncologists from around New Mexico, and provides a mechanism for ongoing dialogue about ways to improve services for New Mexicans coping with cancer.
Current members of our Medical Advisory Board include:
- William Adler, MD
- Jose Avitia, MD
- Eric Bernstein, MD
New Mexico Cancer Care
- Walter Forman, MD, FACP, CMD
UNM Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
- Gregg Franklin, MD, PhD
New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants
- Ramesh Gopal, MD, PhD
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Presbyterian
- James Lin, MD
Veterans Administration Hospital
- Carolyn Muller, MD
UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center
- Arti Prasad, MD
UNM Integrative Medicine Section
- Bishnu Rauth, MD
New Hope Cancer Center
- Lorraine Sanchez, MD
- Thomas Schroeder, MD
UNM Department of Radiation Oncology
- Susan Seedman, MD
Private Practice Breast Surgeon
- Donald Shina, MD
Santa Fe Cancer Center
- Linda Ann Smith, MD
Private Practice Breast Surgeon
- Amanda Story, MD
Radiation Oncology Associates
- Amy Tarnower, MD
- Stuart Winter, MD
UNM Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program
CSNM's funding comes from a combination of grants, corporate contributions and individual donations. See our Programs page for more information on our major supporters for each program.
For more information on Cancer Services of New Mexico, please look at our Annual Reviews.