About Us

History

The UNC AYA Oncology Support Program began in October of 2015, through the generous support of the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.  Be Loud! raised funds through amazing local fundraising efforts and partnered with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to hire an Adolescent and Young Adult Program Director, Lauren Lux, LCSW.  In July of 2017, the program added its second team member, Adolescent and Young Adult Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Smitherman.

Mission

The mission of the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Support Program is to provide age-appropriate psychosocial and medical care for patients ages 13-30, advance research in the AYA field, develop innovative AYA programming, educate and train providers about the unique needs of AYAs, and lead AYA oncology advocacy efforts in North Carolina.

Who We Serve

The AYA Support Program meets 13-30 year olds living with cancer or in survivorship at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  We hope to provide individualized support and advocacy for each AYA we work with.

The AYA Survivorship Clinic serves cancer patients who were diagnosed between the ages of 13-39 and are finished with active treatment.

Our Team