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The Cancer Center at Presbyterian


Dedicated to improving the health of our community, The Cancer Center at Presbyterian is New Mexico’s resource for comprehensive and compassionate cancer care. Featuring the latest services ranging from a High-Risk Breast Cancer Clinic, chemotherapy, hematology, and surgery, our team is dedicated to exemplary cancer care, rehabilitation and recovery, including Nurse Navigators to mentor patients every step of the way. We deliver advanced radiation therapy practices at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital through our partnership with the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center—the nation’s leading name in cancer care. We welcome the opportunity to serve you with our state-of-the-art care. Please Contact Us if you would like more information about our services.

Delivering Compassionate, Individualized Care

The experts at The Cancer Center at Presbyterian are dedicated to delivering compassionate, individualized care for our patients. Our team of oncology and research nurses and technologists, surgical oncologists, and radiation oncologists work together to incorporate the latest research and treatment options to create the best treatment plan for each patient.

We are the only cancer center in Albuquerque to receive an accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

The ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. Our patient-centered approach to cancer care has also earned us accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Specialties & Services

  • Medical oncology and infusion services provided by chemo-certified nurses
  • Hematology services
  • Surgical services coordinated with Presbyterian Medical Group surgeons
  • Survivorship and high risk clinics
  • Radiation oncology services through the Presbyterian M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Radiation Treatment Center at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital – ranked as the nation’s #1 cancer hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” survey
  • Inpatient oncology unit at Presbyterian Hospital
  • Palliative care

Plus a wide range of support services available through referral, including:

  • Nurse Navigators
  • Pastoral care
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Financial counseling
  • Quality of life support
  • Family support groups
  • Oncology medical social workers
  • Pharmacist services on site
  • Hospice
  • Nutrition planning
  • Home care
  • Clinical trials

The Presbyterian Cancer Network has the following accreditations:


Presbyterian MD Anderson Radiation Treatment Center is accredited by the American Society of Radiation Oncology.

Comission Cancer

Presbyterian Cancer Network is accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

Breast Cancer Network

Presbyterian Breast Care Network is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

Medical Oncology

Presbyterian Medical Group Medical Oncology is accredited by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative.

  • Albuquerque Location:
  • Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital Physicians Office Building
  • 8300 Constitution Ave. NE, Building D
  • Albuquerque, NM 87110
  • Phone:
  • 505-559-6100
  • Rio Rancho Location:
  • 4100 High Resort Boulevard SE
  • Rio Rancho, NM 87124
  • Phone:
  • 505-559-6100

There When You Need Help the Most

Cancer patients are often faced with decisions that go beyond treatment choices. Patients and their families may need to identify and address complex issues. Our Presbyterian Cancer Patient Navigation Program specializes in supporting patients and their families through the emotional decisions and conversations that may need to occur. The program’s Nurse Navigators are trusted health system specialists and community ambassadors on a mission to improve the cancer experience for each patient.

Making It Easier to Focus on Your Treatment

Nurse Navigators are at the heart of our patient-centered care, and are available to oncology patients being seen by a Presbyterian Medical Group medical oncologist or a Presbyterian M. D. Anderson Radiation Treatment Center radiation oncologist. Our Nurse Navigators are available at all Presbyterian facilities at no additional cost and work closely with our physicians to meet your needs.

Patients are introduced to a Nurse Navigator as early as possible to explain what you can expect from your treatment, help with scheduling appointments, provide information about support resources, and much more. Your Nurse Navigator is your advocate and educator; dedicated to helping you understand your diagnosis and care path.

Nurse Navigators help connect you to the services you need, including:

  • Clinical trials
  • Family support groups
  • Financial counseling
  • Home care
  • Hospice
  • Oncology dietician services
  • Oncology medical social worker services
  • Pharmacist services
  • Quality of life navigation
  • Transportation assistance
  • Specialized cancer patient physical therapy/rehabilitation
  • Chaplain services

For more information about Nurse Navigators, call 505-559-6100.

The Proactive Approach to Care

Today, women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer can face their futures with less fear of the unknown. Presbyterian’s High-Risk Breast Cancer Clinic provides education and a personalized care plan, giving women the most current information about breast cancer and the steps they can take toward prevention and early detection.

Presbyterian Breast Care Network

Breast cancer prevention is an important service of the Presbyterian Breast Care Network and is comprised of The Cancer Center at Presbyterian, High Resolution Imaging Services, the Presbyterian M. D. Anderson Radiation Treatment Center and Presbyterian Medical Group surgeons.

The dedicated physicians, nurses, and other highly trained support staff at The Cancer Center at Presbyterian work together to provide exceptionally skilled and caring cancer treatment for each of our patients.

Consultations at the High-Risk Breast Cancer Clinic

Patients can call to set up a consultation with our Nurse Practitioner. A personalized care plan can enhance the effectiveness of prevention and early detection efforts. Your consultation will include:

  • A breast exam
  • Screening using a standardized risk assessment tool
  • Discussion of risk assessment results and development of a personalized care plan. The plan may include referrals for additional testing or genetic counseling. For some women with specific risk factors, this additional testing provides the optimal level of information for early detection and survival.

Meet Your Consultant

Karen Spielbusch, MSN, CFNP, is a Nurse Practitioner who joined Presbyterian’s High-Risk Breast Cancer Clinic in 2012. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Board Certified (APRN-BC) and has more than 25 years of experience in women’s health services.

Karen graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of St. Francis at Albuquerque. Karen is passionate about her commitment to the early diagnosis, intervention, and treatment of breast cancers.

Are You at High Risk for Developing Breast Cancer?

The High-Risk Breast Cancer Clinic is particularly appropriate for people with the following characteristics:

  • History of breast cancer in more than one family member
  • Family or personal history of ovarian cancer
  • Family history of male breast cancer
  • Personal history of breast cancer before age 50 or breast cancer in both breasts (bilateral)
  • Ashkenazi Jewish heritage or Colonial Hispanic heritage
  • Previously identified BRCA mutation
  • Location:

  • Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital Physicians Office Building
  • 8300 Constitution Ave NE, Building D
    Albuquerque, NM 87110
  • Phone: 505-559-6100
  • Fax: 505-559-6101

The Cancer Center at Presbyterian’s High-Risk Breast Cancer Clinic accreditation includes:


Plains Regional Cancer Center

Located in Clovis, the Plains Regional Cancer Center offers comprehensive cancer services close to home for patients who live in eastern New Mexico and west Texas. From chemotherapy to radiation treatment, our medical staff, which includes medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, provides the highest quality care and offers state-of-the-art technology, including

  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
  • Treatment Simulator

In addition to clinical care, Plains Regional Cancer Center offers support services for our patients, including: counseling, pastoral care, physical therapy and rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, financial assistance and community/educational services.

  • Location:

  • Plains Regional Cancer Center
  • 2219 Dillon St.
  • Clovis, NM 88101
  • 575-769-7365

Plains Regional Cancer Center is a department of Plains Regional Medical Center and Presbyterian.