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Presbyterian Cancer Care

Cancer is tough. We're tougher.

Dedicated to improving the health of our community, Presbyterian Cancer Care is New Mexico's resource for compassionate, patient-centered cancer care. We are a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program supported by MD Anderson Cancer Center. This affiliation provides our medical oncologists and surgeons with access to a wide range of multidisciplinary care resources, including disease-specific and evidence-based guidelines, treatment plans and best practices developed by MD Anderson. It also means our oncologists and surgeons have the opportunity to present especially rare or complex cancer cases and seek consultation with MD Anderson’s experts.

For more information about Cancer Care's supportive rehabilitation services and Nurse Navigators who mentor patients at the time of initial diagnosis and treatment, contact us. 

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 Presbyterian Cancer Care, High Resolution Imaging Services, the Presbyterian MD Anderson Radiation Treatment Center and Presbyterian Medical Group surgeons.

The dedicated physicians, nurses, and other highly trained support staff at Presbyterian Cancer Care 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

  • Locations:

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

  • Presbyterian Rust Medical Center
  • Ted and Margaret Jorgensen Cancer Center
  • 2400 Unser Blvd SE
  • Rio Rancho, NM 87124
  • Phone: 505-559-6100
  • Fax: 505-253-1201

Presbyterian Cancer Care's High-Risk Breast Cancer Clinic accreditation includes: