The Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund
P.O. Drawer C
Carlsbad, NM 88221
Ph: 575-885-3500

Closing the Loop on Cancer

  • Objective
  • Agenda
  • Speakers
  • Planning Committee


  • What is the state of the art in radiation techniques available in the Pecos Valley?
  • Do you know the latest issues concerning early diagnosis and treatment of cancer?
  • What types of counseling and social services are available to terminal patients and their families?
  • New Mexico Insurance Code and Regulations: How do I get medical bills paid by insurance companies that should be paid?
  • What are the latest developments in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer? What is available in southeastern New Mexico?
  • So your employer wants to fire you because you have continuing treatment. Now what?
  • Is there a future for Medicaid?
  • How do we build a strong community network with links to new cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment?


  • 7:00-7:45 a.m.
  • 7:45-8:00 a.m.
  • Moderator
  • 8:00-8:45 a.m.
  • 8:45-9:45 a.m.

  • 9:45-11:00 a.m.

  • 11:00-11:45 a.m.
  • 11:45-1:15 p.m.
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m.

  • 2:15-3:05 p.m.

  • 3:05-3:20 p.m.
  • 3:20-4:15 p.m.

  • 4:15-4:45 p.m.

  • 4:45-5:00 p.m.


  • Breakfast
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Cheryl L. Willman, M.D.
  • Carlos Hadzic, M.D. IMRT as a least destructive radiation therapy and the state of the art in radiation techniques available in the Pecos Valley.
  • Alvaro Alencar, M.D. Methodologies for identification of melanoma and other skin cancers and breast cancer.
    The latest issues concerning early diagnosis and treatment and discussion with patients and families.
  • Melanie Royce, M.D. Latest developments in diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer and
    other breast cancers. Discussion of clinical trials programs and New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance and engagement of Southeast
    New Mexico in access to clinical trials and local care.
  • Questions & Answers Session
  • Lunch hosted by Jeff and Evy Diamond on behalf of The Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Cancer Fund
  • Greta Fischer, Esq. & Cynthia Hall, Esq. The Social Security Compassionate Allowance Program with 100 diseases which will
    allow patients to be approved for benefits as fast as 6-8 days, the medical evidentiary requirements.
    The State Insurance Department helping patients and providers get insurance companies to pay bills for medical expenses.
  • Will Parsons, Ph.D. Meaningful discussion with patients and families regarding terminal disease, identifying psychological pathologies,
    and referrals for counseling, social service intervention, and psychological services.
  • Break
  • Monte Shaheen, M.D. Melanoma clinical trials, effectuating NMCCA goals, clinical opportunities in small communities to identify
    and treat skin cancer when there is no dermatologist in residence.
  • Rod Schumacher, Esq & Masoud Khorsand-Sahbaie, M.D.Building a strong community network and linkages to state
    of the art cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and the treatment options available in the state of New Mexico.
  • Questions & Answers Session

Cheryl Willman, M.D.

Director and CEO, University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Albuquerque, NM

Melanie Royce, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Oncologist Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology Director, Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program Director, Hereditary Cancer Assessment Programv Specialist in Breast Cancer, University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Albuquerque, NM

Monte Shaheen, M.D.

Medical Oncologist Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology Specialist in Immunology and Microbiology, University of New Mexico Cancer Center,Albuquerque, NM

Carlos Hadzic, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist Carlsbad Advanced Radiation Oncology Center

Will Parsons, Ph.D.

Private Practice, Roswell, NM

Alvaro J. Alencar, M.D.

Masoud Khorsand-Sahbaie, M.D.,FACP

Kymera Independent Physicians

Greta B. Fischer, Esq.

The Jeff Diamond Law Firm, Odessa, TX

Rod Schumacher, Esq.

CEO, Roswell Regional Hospital

Cheryl William, M.D.

Director and CEO 
Professor, Departments of Pathology and Medicine
The Maurice and Maguerite Liberman Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research
Specialist in Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma

Anita P. Miller Esq

Member Healthlaw Section Breast Cancer 
Task force Chairman, American Bar Association, Albuquerque, NM

Rae Ann Paden, MPH

Chief of Research Administration and Marketing, UNM Cancer Center

Kenneth Thompson, MS, CFRE

Director of Development, UNM Cancer Center

Jeffrey B. Diamond, Esq

National Board of Legal Specialization 
Social Security Advocacy, Carlsbad, NM