Community and Survivorship Resources

New Mexicans are fortunate to have a wide network of community organizations that provide invaluable resources to cancer patients.

The UNM Cancer Center works very closely with many of these organizations, and we encourage you to take advantage of their services. However, please note that these organizations are not affiliated with the UNM Cancer Center.

Click on any organization name below to go to their website.

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The availability of some services may have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact these resources to learn what they can currently offer.

American Cancer Society

8500 Menual Blvd. NE Suite A500, Albuquerque, NM 87112
Phone: 505-262-6018 • Toll-Free: 800-227-2345 • Fax: 505-266-9513
Local resource details

This nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Cancer Services of New Mexico

P.O. Box 51735, Albuquerque, NM 87181-1735
Phone: 505-259-9583 • Fax: 505-503-1413 •
Local resource details

Cancer Services of New Mexico provides services to reduce cancer suffering among New Mexico’s families. Services include two free, three-day educational retreats each spring and fall, education materials and seminars, family cancer resource bags, legal/insurance information, patient advocacy and volunteer opportunities.

Cancer Support Now

P.O. Box 37338, Albuquerque, NM 87176-7338
Phone: 505-255-0405 • Toll-Free: 855-955-3500 • Fax: 505-821-0965
Local resource details

This member-based organization was created by cancer survivors to build and sustain an active community of people whose lives have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. The group provides opportunities for those facing cancer to give and receive support. Cancer Support Now emphasizes peer-facilitated support groups, one-to-one support, activities that strengthen the Cancer Support Now community and education and information to empower people affected by cancer to make prudent decisions.

Casa Esperanza

1005 Yale Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: 505-246-2700 • Fax: 505-277-9876
Local resource details

Casa Esperanza is an affordable “home away from home” for out-of-town cancer patients and their family members. Simple, home-like amenities include central kitchens and a spacious community/dining room to encourage therapeutic interaction and sharing among families. Residents benefit from a free Clinical Counseling Program and a Patient Navigation / Survivor Services Program, designed to help access needed health, financial and social services.

Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico

112 14th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-243-3618 • Fax: 505-243-1490 •
Local resource details

Helping children and their families with the day-to-day emotional, financial and educational needs of living with and fighting cancer.

Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico

3001 Trellis Dr. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-323-0478 •

Provides a supportive environment for children, teens and their families to share experiences and feelings while grieving death.

Comadre a Comadre

UNM Main Campus, Manzanita Hall, Suite 117, Albuquerque, NM 87131
Phone: 505-277-2398 • Fax: 505-277-2352 •
Local resource details

Comadre a Comadre is a peer-led and community-based program designed to improve breast health and breast cancer outcomes among Hispanic/Latina women. The program provides free education, resources and support to women and their loved ones.

Holland’s Rose, Inc.

132 Griegos Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-345-2020 • Fax: 505-341-2922 •
Local resource details

Holland’s Rose is a nonprofit organization founded on the values and principles of a Christ centered community. It offers a fully equipped home for families staying in Albuquerque for medical reasons, particularly cancer. Its all-volunteer staff has firsthand knowledge of what it means to hear, “You’ve got cancer.” Volunteers help families with housing, transportation arrangements and other needs.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – NM/El Paso Chapter

4600-A Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 201, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: 505-872-0141 • Toll-Free: 888-286-7846 • Fax: 505-872-2480
Local resource details

The society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Services include financial and emotional support, patient and professional education, advocacy and a school re-entry program.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico

144 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-888-9474 • Fax: 505-232-0678 •
Local resource details

Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico works to grant the fondest wishes of New Mexican children between the ages of 2½ and 18 years who have a medically diagnosed life-threatening illness or condition.

National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service

Toll-Free: 800-422-6237 •

This service provides the latest and most accurate cancer information to patients and their families. Specialists are available to answer questions by phone and email. Knowledgeable, caring and experienced at explaining medical information, they have access to comprehensive, accurate information on a range of cancer topics, including the most recent advances in cancer treatment. The service is confidential, and information specialists spend as much time as needed for thorough and personalized responses.

New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care

3200 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Suite 117, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 505-889-4556 • Fax: 505-889-4928 •
Local resource details

The New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care serves its membership through advocacy, networking, education and communication. It promotes success and best practices for home care, hospice and related home health support services.

New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance

1201 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: 505-272-7813 • Fax: 505-272-7799 •

Housed at the UNM Cancer Center, the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance is a statewide network of healthcare institutions and physicians dedicated to providing New Mexico cancer patients and their families and loved ones with local access to the latest experimental treatments available and information developed through cancer research studies. The Alliance enables all New Mexicans to access new, experimental treatments without the expense of leaving the state.

New Mexico Department of Health –Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

5301 Central Ave. NE, Suite 800, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-841-5860 • Toll-Free & Bilingual Number: 877-852-2585 • Fax: 505-222-8602 
Local resource details

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free pap tests and mammograms to eligible women who are underserved and ages 30 or older. In this and other ways, the program seeks to improve access to high-quality breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for underserved women in New Mexico. The program also works to increase public awareness through education about prevention, disease processes and the importance of regular screening exams for early detection.

New Mexico Department of Health – Comprehensive Cancer Program

5301 Central Ave. NE, Suite 800, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-841-5847 • Fax: 505-222-8602 •
Local resource details

The Comprehensive Cancer Program offers cancer education, information and resources to the public and healthcare providers.

Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico

909 Virginia St., NE, #109, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-254-7784 • Toll-Free: 800-278-7678 • Fax: 505-254-7786
Local resource details

This organization offers education and support to help all people affected by prostate cancer make informed decisions about how to fight the disease. Services include counseling, early detection and screening, educational materials, seminars and support groups.

Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services)

1515 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-843-6227 • Toll-Free: 800-333-8037 • Fax: 505-247-8835 •

Vitalant is a nonprofit community blood center and provides blood and special services to patients in more than 1,000 hospitals across 40 states. There are six Vitalant centers in New Mexico. Founded in 1943, Vitalant is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit transfusion medicine organizations.

YWCA Middle Rio Grande, Women’s Health Equity Program / ENCOREplus

210 Truman St. NE, Suite A, Albuquerque NM 87108
Phone: 505-254-9922 x128 • Fax: 505-254-9953 •

The Women’s Health Equity Program provides women with financial assistance for annual screening mammograms, as well as diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds. ENCOREplus provides transportation assistance for women to get to appointments and personal reminders to get annual mammograms.