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New designation gives ABQ cancer center more options

Erica Zucco
August 07, 2017 07:30 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A new designation at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center will bring more help to some patients.


The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation has named UNMCCC a Center of Excellence, meaning they're authorized to do even more to help people with those syndromes.

Researchers at the UNMCCC work to find ways to better the lives of patients. But for some people with MDS, conditions in which the bone marrow fails to produce blood cells, there's only so much they can do.

"We really don't have a lot of options for treatments," Dr. Cecilia Arana Yi, MD, said. 

Now, there will be some new options as the foundation gives UNMCCC the new designation. 

"The access to clinical trials, the opportunity for the patients to get options for treatments that in other scenarios they would not get," Yi said.

UNMCCC earned the designation by offering a team of specialists and publishing research in the area of MDS. They hope it will help them better care for New Mexicans, some of whom had to go out of state or certain treatments.

"Improving survival of the patients, improving quality of life, patients living longer, and importantly, better understanding of the disease," Yi said.

Yi says ideally, they'd like to get to a point where they can offer patients the same life they had before they got sick.


Erica Zucco

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