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Dr. Matthew Fero

Medical Oncology
Albuquerque, NM
32 years experience male

Locations

University of New Mexico Cancer Center

Albuquerque, NM

Address

1201, Camino de Salud, Albuquerque, NM
Directions

Practice website

Fax

505-925-0100

About

Bio

Specializes in the treatment of hematologic all malignancies, such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Expert in the use of autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Also cares for patients with transplant related issues such as chronic graft vs. host disease. Research interests include the pathogenesis of cancer and novel therapies using gene editing technology and cancer avatars.

Specialties
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Medical Oncology

Hematology and Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Ventral hernia?: If you've put on weight it is possible to tear the midline tendon connecting your abdominal muscles. This can result in a bulge in the umbilicus (bell... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Good risk: Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is characterized by the presence of "promyelocytes" in the blood and bone marrow. They have a very distinctive appe... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Small platelets: MPV stands for Mean Platelet Volume and is a measure of the size of the platelets in your blood. Platelets are cellular elements that help initiate bl... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Monitor: Your WBC and neutrophil count is lower than average, but not so low that it would increase your risk of infection. I would continue to monitor this. I... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Not all brain tumors: ...are glioblastomas. Glioblastoma multiforme is a high grade astrocytoma (or glioma). Astrocytoma said can also be low or intermediate grade dependin... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Lymphocyte expansion: Lymphocyte hyperplasia is an increased number of lymphocytes in a tissue. It is often a normal response to infection or chronic inflammation. Hyperpla... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Activating mutation: A protooncogene refers to a normal gene that can become oncogenic if it is overactive. There are many different types of activating mutations.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
No: Lymphatic drainage for the lower back is around the side to the groin, or internally to nodes at the back of the abdomen. Also the spine joins the pel... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Enlarged lymph nodes: ... Is the most common sign of lymphoma. They can become quite large, several inches. Some patients also report night sweats. Lymphomas are classified... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Chemotherapy: The tumor cells in Burkitt's lymphoma proliferate at a rapid rate and have a characteristic mutation in the MYC oncogene. It is highly responsive to s... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Like other cancers..: lymphoma arises from an unlucky combination of genetic mutations in lymphoid cells during our lifetime. Risk factors include exposure to toxins, famil... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Heavy menses: ...can eventually lead to anemia due to the depletion of iron in your body. Anemia, on the other hand, does not effect menses; that is effected mostly... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
A CT scan with oral: ... and IV contrast is what I would choose if I wanted to check for the presence of pancreatic tumor. The pancreas can be hard to visualize on a non-c... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Borderline result?: You are correct to wonder how a genetic test that is positive in blood can be negative in marrow, because a marrow aspirate is around 50% blood. If a ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
The metric system: ...is used in medicine. To convert from cm to inches, divide those numbers by 2.54. Those numbers are equivalent to 1.2 x 0.9 x 1.4 inches.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Benign cysts...: ...don't require treatment. On CT scan these are usually small, round, fluid density, and stable over time. An ultrasound may help confirm that it is ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Anastrozole blocks..: ... the production of Estrogen from Testosterone. This conversion happens at a low level in fat tissue. Anastrozole won't increase Testosterone produ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
A corticosteroid...: ...called "fluticasone" is one of the ingredients of Advair. Corticosteroids are well known for causing temporary rises in white blood cell counts (le... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Vitamin C: ...plus sugar, fiber and they taste yummy.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
No smoking gun: In individual patients, it is hard to pinpoint which carcinogenic exposure (if any) caused their cancer. Carcinogens usually don't leave a telltale si... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Low lymphocytes may: not be related to Hashimoto's, and may not need any treatment. If the lymphocytes are less than 1000/mcL then you may want to check T and B cell subse... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Mantle Cell Lymphoma: ...is a type of non Hodgkin's lymphoma characterized by the genetic rearrangement of two chromosomes. This causes an abnormal fusion of two genes: Imm... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Multiple myeloma(MM): is a cancer of plasma cells, which normally make antibody proteins in your body. MM is not caused by an infection, so it is not contagious in the usua... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Like a transfusion: Bone marrow transplantation is a long drawn out process. The marrow (or blood stem cells) is actually just infused IV like a blood transfusion. That's... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Arrested development: Myelodysplasia alludes to abnormal shapes (dysplasia) of blood progenitor cells in bone marrow. Like leukemia it arises from a cell that has acquired ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Chelation Therapy: Myelodysplasia causes lack of normal blood cell production, and many patients need RBC transfusions. This can result in iron overload, since humans l... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Bone marrow disease: MDS is a disease of bone marrow that causes blood precursor cells to have an abnormal appearance ("dysplasia"), and prevents normal production of matu... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Depends on the test: A simple CBC (complete blood count) will pick up nearly all leukemia cases. A CBC is one of the most common blood tests; but others, like serum chemis... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Enlarged lymph nodes: ... are the most common early symptoms of lymphoma. Some patients can have so called "B-symptoms" which are night-time fevers, chills, and sweats. Enl... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Suspension OK: If you are unable to swallow tablets they can be dispersed in water or other beverage and stirred with a spoon. It should completely disintegrate but ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
DNA damage may occur: ... from a variety of natural sources in the environment. Things like cosmic rays which ionize water molecules can not easily be avoided. Things that ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Parathyroid glands: ...are located on the back of the thyroid gland. ("Parathyroid" literally means next to the thyroid) They are usually benign, but often secrete parath... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Lymphoma rates: ...were increased in patients receiving Humira in a Taiwanese study, at a rate of 0.5% (1 in 200) which was 3x higher than the normal population. Othe... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Iron storage marker: Ferritin is protein complex that binds iron and controls iron levels inside all of our cells. Low levels in the serum is a useful marker of iron defic... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
The natural history: of lymphoma varies widely according to its type and aggressiveness. At one extreme, a lymphoblastic lymphoma may visibly enlarge on a daily basis and... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Lysine in peas: Pea protein powders are reported as having a lot of Lysine. You're more likely to get all your essential amino acids if you use more than one protein ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Not pharma grade: Most physicians don't prescribe pot for anxiety. It is not FDA approved, not pharma grade, not quality controlled, impure, not highly predictable, and... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Depends on cell type: There are a variety of stem cell types, including embryonic, which reside in a 4 day old embryo; vs.adult stem cells, which reside in mature tissues. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Typical symptoms: ... of AML include easy bleeding or bruising or tiny red flecks on the skin ("petechiae") from low platelets; pale skin, fatigue or shortness of breat... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
French American and: British (FAB) pathologists previously got together to classify Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) according to the microscopic appearance. They came up with... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Highly unlikely: Except for some bottom dwellers directly off the coast of Japan, fish caught in the pacific do not have higher levels of radiation. The level of radio... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Not a problem: Diarrhea should not affect the absorption and effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Don't delay: Cauda equina syndrome is the loss of sensation or strength in the legs, along with loss of bowel and bladder control. It can be caused by tumor masses... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
There can be many...: Acute GVHD presents as a skin rash, gut symptoms (nausea or diarrhea) or jaundice. Chronic GVHD commonly causes dry eyes and dry mouth but they can a... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Often yes: Bone marrow transplants are often curative for cancers of the bone marrow, i.e. leukemia. It is even more highly curative of benign bone marrow diseas... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
The ancient Greeks: knew about leukemia, which literally means "white blood". Traditional medicine had numerous ineffective treatments, but modern medicine has ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Nephrectomy: ...will reduce kidney function in half resulting in increased serum creatinine (Cr) and reduced (GFR). With time the kidney compensates through hypert... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Mutations accumulate: ... during our lifetime in bone marrow stem cells. Like all cancers, leukemia typically requires multiple unlucky mutations to occur in a single cell.... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Best examined: While a tumor often forms a lump, it isn't necessarily painful. That often depends on its location. Soft tissue sarcomas and lymphomas can appear at t... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
GVHD: occurs when bone marrow stem cells and/or immune cells have been engrafted from one individual into another. Except in identical twins, differences in... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Fero is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fero is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Apr 2, 2015
Dr. Fero is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower9
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Yours is the only description of pain based on location. Was diagnosed w/ 6mm stone (a surprise) by CT but forgot to ask where it was located. Been pain free for 3 days ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! They probably not lymph nodes because they're not bigger than 1cm, do you think they could maybe be some fat in the fat layer? Thank you
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr. Fero! You have answered my question exactly and your information very much helped my understanding of the matter.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC Irvine School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1990MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Graduated 1990MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of California - Berkeley
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

MAYO CLINIC
Completed 1993

Awards

Fellow, American College of Physicians
Thought Leader, Third Place, Seattle Region - Spring
2015
Top Oncologist, Third Place, National - Spring
2015

Affiliations

American Association for Cancer Research
American Society of Hematology
New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance
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