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Albuquerque doctor wins national award for breast cancer clinical trials

Erica Zucco
July 18, 2017 02:02 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A New Mexico-based doctor from the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center recently received a national award that will mean recognition and funding for more breast cancer clinical trials will be coming to the state.

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Cancer clinical investigator Dr. Ursa Brown-Glaberman plays a life-saving role for patients. She coordinates the care they get before, during and after clinical trials.

“They need to see a surgeon, oncologist, radiation oncologist, to make sure their care happens in the right order, to make sure they are eligible for trials,” said Dr. Brown-Glaberman.

Her work at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center earned her an award from the National Cancer Institute. It recognized her work protecting the safety and wellbeing of patients.

“They are VIP patients,” Dr. Brown-Glaberman said. “They are the patients that are going to get the most careful care we provide because we're being monitored very closely to make sure clinical trials are done in a safe, rigorous way.”

The award will mean more funding will be available in September to be used on more breast cancer trials that Dr. Brown-Glaberman says could make all the difference.

“Clinical trials are critical. It's how we move this disease and these diseases forward and work toward a cure but also symptom management for patients, making sure we're moving the science forward,” Dr. Brown-Glaberman said.

Breast cancer trials at the center right now include new treatments for triple negative breast cancer and reducing toxicity from cancer treatments.

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