Patient Services

We serve New Mexicans touched by cancer, and make cancer treatment possible for New Mexicans who need help. If you or someone you know has received a cancer diagnosis, you understand how difficult that is to hear. Add to that the financial impact it can have, and it becomes even more overwhelming. In northern New Mexico, most cancer patients must travel to Santa Fe for treatment, which may not be affordable. As a result, some people may forego treatment altogether, especially if treatments are administered over a period of days or weeks.

That is where the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico (CFFNM) steps in. We help patients who do not have the resources to travel to, and stay in, Santa Fe for treatment. We also provide a full range of other support services to all cancer patients in Santa Fe, regardless of financial need.

Services available based on financial need:

We help patients who do not have the resources to pay for

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Meals

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Patients must meet our qualifications for financial help.
No qualified patient is turned away.

See more How to Apply for Assistance…

Services available to all patients regardless of financial need:

CFFNM provides other critical services:

  • Weekly support groups for cancer patients, caregivers, and their families
  • A trained group of volunteers (often cancer survivors) to provide one-on-one support in the treatment rooms
  • Spanish-speaking volunteers to interpret during exams and treatment (must call to schedule)
  • Nutritious snacks for patients and families during chemotherapy and radiation treatment
  • Information on available community resources

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For more information, or to apply for services, please call Caroline Owen at (505) 955-7931, extension 3 or EMAIL CAROLINE.

Here are the stories of just two of the people whom the Cancer Foundation has helped recently:

Blueflower_web (1)Blueflower is a member of the Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She determined to fight the disease with every tool available to her: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

“I couldn’t let everyone down,” she says, especially her supportive husband and four wonderful children, mother, and extended family, all of whom were with her every step of the way.

In addition to being unable to work during treatment, Blueflower had to travel from Ohkay Owingeh to Santa Fe. Sometimes she would get to treatment without enough gas to get home.

“The mileage reimbursement and grocery cards were critical,” Blueflower said. “And the Foundation provided help so quickly.”

When she recovers, Blueflower and her husband want to help by volunteering in the chemo room alongside other Foundation volunteers.

Joel-K_webJoel K is a carpenter from Pojoaque. In May of 2014, he was diagnosed with throat cancer which required seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation.

“I am blessed to have a supportive family, and we have grown closer through this experience,” Joel said.  “But the fear of financial insecurity was incredibly stressful, as I wasn’t able to work during treatment.  The Cancer Foundation really helped relieve that fear. I have been able to go through treatment stress-free and was able to focus on the treatment and recovery. Thank you to all of you who support the Cancer Foundation. It made a big difference to me.”