PLANET CANCER

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

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Location: 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. Ste. 306 Austin TX 78752 USA

Mission: Young adults with cancer slip into a lonely no-man’s land. Too old for the instant community of a children’s hospital, they’re still too young to be a part of the over-50 community that overwhelmingly populates adult cancer wards. Because young adults with cancer are a relatively small group, the difficulty of finding peer support is increased exponentially, forcing many to deal in isolation with issues specific to this age and stage of life: dating with cancer, disclosure to a potential employer, long-term insurance issues, moving back home, loss of fertility, or having to quit school or a newly-launched career.Planet Cancer exists so that no young adult will have to endure such isolation.  In addition, we work to raise awareness in the medical community about young adults as a distinct group with distinct needs. A greater focus on young adults, their cancers, their issues (including lack of insurance and low participation in clinical trials) and their medical needs will hopefully lead to improvement in survival rates, which have not increased one iota for this age group in 30 years.
Target demographics: 18-40 year old cancer patients and survivors.
Geographic areas served: national
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma when i was 28 years old. i noticed that i was the youngest person in the chemo suite 9 days out of 10. I couldnt relate to the older generation of people and they couldnt me. i have since been through two seperate other cancer diagnosis and only up until this year did i find planet cancer. it helps to have a place where your peers can respond to your questions and where the conversation is pertinent to your life as a young adult cancer survivor.

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the number of young adult cancer survivors that are members of Planet Cancer and from hearing their stories and how Planet Cancer helps them cope.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning that there are others out there who struggle with the same subjects that i do as a young adult cancer survivor.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to many more young adult cancer survivors and offer support both financially and emotionally

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2009-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I am so grateful that Planet Cancer exists. This group has provided a HUGE support system for me. That in it self is priceless. The emotional side is often pushed to the side, but I believe that it plays a big role in surviving cancer. I felt so alone,isolated,and young.The minute I logged on to this sight I was immediately surrounded with love and understanding. "yes finally someone out there gets me" The best part of it is that it is free for me to log on everyday and get the support that I need. Even when I fly to my treatment center by myself, all I have to do is log in and boom I am no longer all alone. They have also brought a large amount of knowledge and fight for better treatment to the young adult cancer community I think I would be lost with out this organization..

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help the young adult cancer community strive for better survival rates, by raising awareness, helping young adults find and or stay insured, providing funds for cancer patients to travel for treatment. The possibilities for this organization are endless.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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