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Inova Breast Cancer Nurse Navigators


Inova's oncology nurse navigators are specially trained registered nurses who serve as a source of support for you and your family. They help manage and coordinate your doctor’s office visits, diagnostic tests, and communications between your specialist and primary care physician. They also are excellent resources for information about clinical trials, breast cancer education and transportation or financial concerns.


Contact an oncology nurse navigator at our Inova Breast Cancer Program locations:

Mary Kay Mecca, Oncology Nurse Navigator

Mary Kay Mecca, RN, BSN

Oncology Nurse Navigator Life with Cancer | Inova Schar Cancer Institute | Inova Loudoun Hospital

Mary Kay is a seasoned oncology nurse with 28 years of experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Marywood College in 1988 and spent the majority of her career at Inova Fairfax Hospital on the Hematology/Oncology Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. In 2013, she took a year off from nursing, but quickly became a volunteer for the Inova Life with Cancer program. Shortly after, she joined the Inova Life with Cancer team as an oncology nurse navigator at Inova Loudoun Hospital. Mary Kay is very active in her local chapter of the Northern Virginia Oncology Nursing Society and has served on the board as the Nominating Committee chairperson for the past four years. She happily shares her love of travel and adventure with her loving husband and two beloved Coton de Tulear dogs.

Schedule an appointment with Mary Kay

Christine Stone, Oncology Nurse Navigator

Christine Stone, RN

Oncology Nurse Navigator Life with Cancer | Inova Loudoun Hospital Oncology Nurse Navigator

Christine is a seasoned oncology nurse, with over 26 years of experience at Inova in medical and radiation oncology and stem cell transplant. She currently serves as a board member for the Oncology Nursing Society. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at Radford University, followed by her master's in nursing at George Mason University.

Christine sees her role as essential in a patient’s cancer journey and considers it a true privilege to work with breast cancer patients.

Email Christine or call her at 703-858-8867 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Lianne Tedesco, RN

Oncology Nurse Navigator Inova Breast Care Center – Fairfax

Lianne, a certified breast cancer navigator, has been a registered nurse for 25 years. Before joining Inova, she worked as an oncology nurse navigator in Northern Virginia, as a breast cancer nurse navigator in Atlanta, Georgia, for seven years, and served in the US Army as an Army Nurse Corps officer for 5 years. In addition, she has worked in various roles that give her a very strong background in patient education.

Lianne understands the unique needs of breast cancer patients and strives to always provide kind and compassionate care. Lianne earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from The Pennsylvania State University. Lianne enjoys running in marathons and is married with a daughter. 

Email Lianne or call her at 703-207-4320 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Gale Towery, RN, BSN, OCN

Oncology Nurse Navigator Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Gale brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to her role as oncology nurse navigator. She has worked in a variety of settings, but since 1992 her primary focus has been oncology nursing, including administering chemotherapy and radiation oncology. She became a certified oncology nurse in 1997 and has cared extensively for patients and families going through cancer treatment. As a breast care navigator, Gale will be alongside a patient throughout their cancer journey to provide answers to their questions, offer resources and emotional support. She loves what she does because of the opportunity to help make a difference in a patient’s care experience.

Gale graduated from the University Of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is married with three sons and enjoys playing the piano and guitar, swimming on a masters swim team and spending time with her grandkids.

Email Gale or call her at 703-391-4673 for more information or to schedule an appointment.