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UNM Cancer Center Doctor Receives National Cancer Institute Award

UNM Cancer Center Doctor Receives National Cancer Institute Award

Ursa Brown-Glaberman receives NCI’s Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award.

Dr. Ursa Brown-Glaberman received the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. Brown-Glaberman is an assistant professor at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. She specializes in treating breast cancer.

The NCI award is given to outstanding cancer clinical investigators. Cancer clinical investigators conduct clinical trials to discover new or better ways to find, prevent and treat cancer. They make sure clinical trials meet strict scientific conditions, meet all required regulations and are conducted in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of the people in the clinical trial.

As a cancer clinical investigator, Brown-Glaberman reviews treatment plans and works with other doctors to make sure women receive cancer treatment in a way that allows them to take part in clinical trials if they later decide to.

“If you miss one step or give one treatment out of order, that [can] render patients not eligible for [clinical] trials later,” she said. “We want to provide patients with as many opportunities as we can.”

Brown-Glaberman works closely with the breast cancer team at UNM and with the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance to make breast cancer clinical trials available to all New Mexico women. She also works closely with the Phase 1 Clinical Trials program at UNM Cancer Center, in which a treatment is tested in people for the first time.

The award, which will be funded in September, will help Brown-Glaberman bring more breast cancer clinical trials to New Mexico.

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