WashU Ob/Gyn > Patient Information > Gynecologic Oncology

Our specialists are the physicians of Siteman Cancer Center, providing a full continuum of care for patients diagnosed with possible gynecologic cancer or pre-cancerous conditions.

Washington University gynecologic oncology is the largest service of its kind in the Midwest. Our multidisciplinary team includes radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurses, genetic counselors, psychologists and support groups dedicated to the treatment of gynecologic cancer.

As a member institution of the Gynecologic Oncology Group, a multi-institutional clinical research group funded by the National Cancer Institute, we are able to provide our patients the latest cancer treatment options available.

Our providers
Nursing staff

Clinical nurse managers

  • Shannon Martin, RN
    Gynecologic Treatment Center, Center for Advanced Medicine (Central West End)
  • Monica Anderson, RN, BSN
    Center for Women’s Wellness, Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Nurse practitioners (NPs)

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have continued their education, earning a master’s degree and national certification. They are also state licensed to practice in an advanced role. Oncology nurse practitioners have concentrated their advanced training specifically on cancer care. They may be involved in your care by performing physical exams, seeing you at a follow up visit, or treating disease or treatment-related problems. Oncology nurse practitioners are experts in the areas of symptom management, patient education and counseling, and referral to hospital and community services.

An oncology nurse practitioner may prescribe medication and order diagnostic test, perform certain minor procedures, make referrals to other specialists, coordinate hospital admission, make arrangements for home care or hospice services, discuss research studies that might be available to you, and provide counseling on health maintenance and symptom management.

  • Nancy Tecu, RNC, WHNP, AOCNP, MSN
  • Kelly Ball, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC

Nurse coordinators

Each gynecologic oncology specialist in our practice has at least one dedicated nurse coordinator. These specially trained nurses work along with the physicians, helping to coordinate and manage each patient’s care. They work with patients and their families to explain the plan of treatment, assist in communication between the medical team and the patient, help with symptom management, and teach patients about their disease process and treatment.

  • Julie Bierach, RN, BSN
  • Melissa Collins, RN
  • Mandy Crader, RN, BSN
  • Christine Fairchild, RN,BSN
  • Stacey Fox, RN, BSN
  • Traci Hirth, RN
  • Marina Jacobs, RN, BSN
  • Melissa Kohnen, RN, BSN
  • Jane Reames, RN, BSN

Chemotherapy infusion nurses

Gynecologic oncology infusion nurses provide direct infusion of the chemotherapy treatments. In addition they provide education and emotional support to both the family and patient.

  • Rebecca Karg, RN
  • Tiffany Mahloch, RN
  • Melissa Pinkerton, RN

Research nurses and manager

As an academic cancer center, we are actively involved in research to develop new treatment options for cancer patients. Many of our patients participate in clinical trials, which are research studies focusing on new treatments usually not yet commercially available. Research nurses are professionals with expertise in coordinating research studies. They help patients determine if they are eligible to enroll in a clinical trial, ensure compliance with the study guidelines, monitor progress of the study participants, and answer patients’ questions about treatment protocols.

  • Linda Odibo, RN, MN Manager
  • Alexandra Astarita –  RN, BSN
  • Sarah Drake – RN, BSN
  • Krystal Martin – RN, BSN, OCN
Where we see patients

Tribute and memorial donations

If you would like to make a donation to support gynecologic oncology research at Washington University, please use the online giving form. We are grateful for gifts of any size and appreciate your support.

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Our expertise

We provide the highest quality of personal and compassionate care for patients who have, or may have, cancers including ovarian, uterine/endometrial, vaginal, vulvar, fallopian tube, cervical and gestational trophoblastic disease. Our services include:

  • Evaluation and diagnosis of suspected gynecologic cancers
    • Abnormal pap smears and/or cervical lesions to rule out the possibility of cervical cancer
    • Abnormal uterine bleeding to rule out endometrial cancer
    • Vulvar irritations and/or lesions to rule out vulvar cancer
    • Adnexal or pelvic masses to rule out ovarian cancer
    • Hereditary gynecologic cancers, including prophylactic / risk-reducing options
  • Genetic testing and counseling, including a thorough hereditary cancer risk assessment
  • Comprehensive treatment options, including surgery, minimally invasive surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Clinical studies designed to prevent, detect and treat gynecologic cancer
  • Fertility preservation

Patients and referring physicians count on us to treat the most difficult of gynecologic cancers and resulting complications.

Learn about treatment options, including clinical trials »

Committed to your care

Your health and well-being is extremely important to us, and appointments are scheduled to provide time to address any questions you have. In addition, a team of health care professionals, including gynecologic oncologists and oncology nurses, is devoted to providing you personal, quality care. This team is available for emergency contact 24 hours a day.

Make an appointment

Call a location below to schedule an appointment with a Washington University gynecologic oncology specialist:

Central West End 
Center for Advanced Medicine

West County
Missouri Baptist Medical Center

When you call, please have your insurance card ready. Your insurance company may require a referral for your visit. If you have any questions please give us a call.
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Contact us

Central West End
Center for Advanced Medicine

West County
Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Fax: 314-362-2893

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