Cancer Center

Where you can get quality care close to home.

Here is some information that will help you prepare for your first visit as well who our providers are and what the CHRISTUS Southern New Mexico Cancer Center can do for you.

The Cancer Center’s treatment regimens are similar if not comparable to larger facilities out of town.

Before Your First Appointment

You will need a referral with clinical documentation indicating the diagnosis.

Our providers will review the clinical documents and contact you for your first appointment.

Preparing For Your Visit

What to bring:

  • One valid form of photo identification (driver’s license, state ID, military ID or passport).
  • Current insurance card(s).
  • A list of current physicians with addresses and phone numbers.
  • A detailed list of medications, including dose amount and how often. Also, be sure to bring your pharmacy information.
  • A list of allergies.
  • A small notebook for writing notes and questions.
  • A laptop or mobile device. You can use our free wireless network to connect to the internet.
  • A book or magazine to read.
  • We encourage family members to attend to be able to talk with the provider about treatment options.

What to Expect at Your First Visit

  • Check in 30 minutes before appointment time to complete registration paperwork.
  • The provider will discuss treatment regimens per national guidelines.
  • Additional Tests or referrals may be ordered at this time.
  • The next steps will be discussed with you and your family.  Depending on the regimen treatment could start right away.
  • The authorization process for your treatment regimen will be initiated (even though CHRISTUS Southern New Mexico Cancer Center accepts most insurances, it does not guarantee approval of all treatment regimens.)
  • Case-by-case assessment does apply. Financial advisers are available upon request.)

*If by chance your required treatment is not provided, our staff will do our best to facilitate a referral to the appropriate facility.

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Meet Our Providers

Peter Bernat, MD, PhD, CMD

Meet Dr. Bernat

Heather Podhajecki, AOCNS

Meet Heather