Dr. Matthew Fero

Medical Oncology
Albuquerque, NM
33 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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Medical Oncology

Hematology and Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

173 Answers
60 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Anyone...: can get leukemia. Rarely some individuals might inherit a familial disposition, and a few occupational exposures may increase risk (radiation or benze... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
HSC Transplant: Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant includes both Bone Marrow Transplants (BMT) and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC). The difference is whether the ce... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Increases with age: in general, the incidence of leukemia increase with age. With AML (acute myeloid leukemia), for example, the peak incidence is in 80-year olds. Acute ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Could be worse: Nulasta is a long-acting form of GCSG (filgrastim) that reduces the duration and depth of low white blood cell count (WBC), particularly the neutrophi... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Hodgkin's lymphoma: is a malignancy of a type of B-lymphocytes, known as a Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg cell (HRS). It has been a challenge to study this disease because th... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Myelodysplasia...: and myelofibrosis are both diseases of the bone marrow that impair normal red and white blood cell production. Like the leukemias they occur as a resu... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Be The Match: If you have GVHD it is important to stay in contact with your transplant team as well as your regular oncologist. Regional transplant centers can be f... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Slow Growth: Low grade lymphomas are also called indolent lymphomas, and they grow slowly. It may take a year for an indolent lymphoma to double in size. In terms ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Maintenance therapy: ...with rituximab is commonly given for follicular lymphoma, but not so much for other types of NHL (non-Hodgkins Lymphoma). Rituximab maintenance for... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
The karyotype...: of a cell simply means the number and gross structural appearance of the chromosomes. For a normal cell, the karyotype is 46,XX (for females) or 46,XY... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Imatinib: Acute leukemia is a malignancy of immature WBC that are normally in the bone marrow in low numbers. Imatinib (Gleevec) is an enzyme inhibitor drug tha... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Cervical cancer...: ...is not diagnosed with blood tests. Pelvic exams, biopsies, and scans determine the diagnosis and extent (stage) of the disease. Anyone who is ser... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Generally, yes: Rituxan (rituximab) is an antibody that binds the surface of B lymphocytes, which includes hairy cell leukemia. By itself it can induce remissions, bu... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Low risk: Non Hodgkin's lymphoma, like most cancers, has a slight tendency to run in families. However, it's mostly just random chance that leads to the combina... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Mets are bad: Metastasis of any kind are a bad sign, because it indicates that the disease has spread. Metastatic disease may be treated with radiation or chemother... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
White blood cells: are comprised mostly of neutrophils and lymphocytes. If the number of lymphocytes are low then percentage of neutrophils will naturally be high, even ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Random mutations...: occur in our body's cells because they are not able to correct all of the millions of DNA damage events that naturally occur during our life. In the e... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Ignore: Tell your doctor about symptoms of depression or anxiety. They often worsen pain symptoms.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Chromosomes 9 and 22: ...are abnormally spliced together in most cases of CML forming a characteristic translocation referred to as the Philadelphia chromosome. At the mole... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
NHL (Non Hodgkin's: Lymphoma) is a broad category of lymphomas (anything other than Hodgkin's). They are further classified by the malignant cell type (B or T cell); micr... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Acute leukemia...: typically causes increased numbers of "blast" cells in the blood and bone marrow, not just immature granulocytes. (Occasionally they will only appear ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Beta thalassemia: is a genetic disorder that results in low production of beta hemoglobin. Red cells contain hemoglobin to carry oxygen to our tissues. In adults hemog... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
French, American and: ...British doctors previously got together and classified acute myeloid leukemia (AML) based on the appearance of the microscopic appearance of the c... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Depends on allergy: Any diet that does not contain the substance to which you are allergic is fine. Often the hard part is to figure out exactly what that is. Careful sl... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Pancreatitis...: or an inflamed pancreas, can occur on rare occasions related to increased IgG4 antibody. This is called autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP). High IgG4 level... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Typical Symptoms: ... Of leukemia are easy bruising or bleeding, shortness of breath with exertion, or infections. A complete blood count (CBC) will often show low numb... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Gene therapy: Any stem cell or organ transplant will replace a patients tissues with that of another person, thereby changing the genome of the cells in the body. ... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Tough question: CEA is a serum marker that can be used as an indicator of the overall amount of tumor in the body for certain types of cancer. Fluctuations of <25%... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Yes: Lymph nodes are normally located in the arm pits and groin. Tenderness of the lymph nodes is a sign of inflammation, e.g. with an infection in that re... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
It is possible: One reason to repeat a colonoscopy 1-2 years after removal of an adenoma is to be sure it didn't grow back, and that nothing else was missed. If a rep... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Verify your sources: Sadly, despite a huge level of interest in the medicinal properties of foods, or maybe because of it, there is an enormous amount of false, half true,... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
It varies...: "Lymphoma blood work" is not a specific term. Some blood tests take a few hours (standard chemistries or blood counts) whereas others may take a day o... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
CA cell line: The A549 cell line originated from a male patients bronchoalveolar lung carcinoma. Cell lines often acquire additional mutations that facilitates thei... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Most medications are: ... OK for Blood donors. There are some important exceptions. See the Red Cross web page or ask your blood bank. http://www.redcrossblood.org/donati... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
No: Antidepressants dosage is adjusted according to beneficial effects or side effects. They are generally well absorbed and blood levels are not informa... Read More
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A 75-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Not a valid result: Hematocrit is the percentage of whole blood volume that is comprised of red blood cells (RBC). Mathematically, it can range between 0 - 100%, but norm... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
All leukemia types..: may be cured in some people but not in others. Factors which make leukemia very high risk and less likely to be cured include certain chromosomal aber... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Yes and no...: Neck lymph nodes may become enlarged with tumors of the head and neck, such as squamous cell carcinoma of the throat. (Smokers are prone to th... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Lower colon cancer..: ..rates have been reported in vegetarians vs non-vegetarians, though the effect may not be as big as you expect. A recent study cited a 22% reduction ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Complete Bood Counts: or "CBC" are one of the most common blood tests and give some basic parameters about the blood cells themselves. The values you've given pertain to th... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Muscle strains: ..and bone fractures both may have variable amounts of swelling and pain. A muscle stain will generally be more painful when tensing the muscle, and w... Read More
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A 75-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Acute vs blastic?: In the chronic and dysplastic hematologic malignancies that you mention (CMML and MDS), the term "acute" transformation means an evolution t... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Basophils are not...: ...typically increased in cancer. They might increased in CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia) but that disease pretty easy to diagnose based on blood t... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Pharyngitis: A sore throat is much more likely to be just that. Viral pharyngitis is most likely particularly if there is redness of lining of the back inside the ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Got tweezers?: It's a lot easier to get a splinter out if you can grab it right away. Tweezers are the best bet. Otherwise it is likely to break off, soften and beco... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Life Expectancy...: Is not a medical term. Cancer studies often report the "median survival" which is the time it takes for 1/2 of patients to die. The other half live lo... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Not so much.: Leukemia is a malignancy of blood and their bone marrow progenitors. They usually circulate in the blood normally without causing problems to blood fl... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Mostly leukemias...: ...are treated with a combination of chemotherapies. Certain leukemias (CML, Ph+ALL) respond to treatment of tyrosine kinase enzyme inhibitors like im... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Many are cured: Lymphoblastic lymphoma (LBL) and Burkitt lymphoma (BL) are both aggressive lymphomas with a rapid rate of cell division. For patients who are able to... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Slight benefit: Bevacizumab (Avastin (bevacizumab)) is one of those drugs that is extremely expensive and often has limited benefit. Patients with metastatic colon ca... 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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