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At Mercy, we understand that adolescents and young adults (AYAs) need cancer care that meets their unique needs by oncologists with specialized knowledge and clinical experience. We provide supportive care that also addresses their financial, psychological, fertility, education and career concerns.
“Adolescent and young adult patients diagnosed with cancer face a unique struggle as they are forced to confront their own mortality at a time when their peers are discovering independence and feeling invincible.” - Robin Hanson, MD, PhD, Mercy Clinic pediatric hematologist-oncologist
Mercy has the St. Louis region's only dedicated young adult cancer program, designed specifically for adolescents and young adults age 15-30.
Robin Hanson, MD, PhD, leads the AYA Oncology program at Mercy. He has a long-standing interest in young adult cancer care. He is supported by the pediatric oncology team, including Jacquelyn Carter, MD and Heather Licata, PNP, and Kavitha Kosuri, DO, a medical oncologist with a special interest in holistic cancer care for young adult patients.
Laura Hanks, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and patient advocate who assists patients and families in finding support through every aspect of their cancer journey.
Gina Sundmacher, RN, BSN is an APHON certified nurse working as the the AYA Nurse Navigator, a role generously supported by Teen Cancer America. She provides education and guidance for patients, connecting them to local and national resources including: fertility, sexual health education, financial assistance and cancer survivorship.
Kurt Soell, PhD*, is a psychotherapist and counselor who has worked with young adult cancer patients for over 15 years.
Jim Russell, PhD*, is a neuropsychologist and counselor who has over two decades experience providing cognitive testing, counseling, and school and job support and intervention for young adult cancer patients.
Natasha Westrich-Wood* is an art therapist who provides a safe outlet for expression of the thoughts and feelings of many of our cancer patients and their siblings.
*Generously supported by Friends of Kids With Cancer.
For more infomation about Mercy's AYA Cancer Program, please call us at: 314-251-6986