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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Oncologists host free sessions

Some of New Mexico’s leading oncologists will host a series of free sessions at the 2011 Advances in Cancer Treatments conference from 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday at the UNM Cancer Center auditorium, 1201 Camino de Salud NE.

Each session will discuss advances in a variety of fields, including breast, pediatric and gastrointestinal cancers, melanoma, radiation oncology and survivorship. The event is sponsored by the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance and the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association.

Advance registration is required at

Cancer retreat seeks applicants

Cancer Services of New Mexico is accepting applications for its free fall 2011 Family Cancer Retreat scheduled Sept. 16-18 at Lifeway Glorieta Conference Center in Glorieta.


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For an application packet, call Mike Capeless at 239-4239 or visit

VA offers more caregiver support

The Department of Veterans Affairs has beefed up services for caregivers helping veterans of any war. A 24/7 toll-free phone line, 855-260-3274, gives families information about resources in their communities.

Caregiver support coordinators are now stationed at every VA medical center. A newly revised website, www. , features more extensive information.