Planet Cancer

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews


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


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.

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Planet cancer has provided a critical community of peer support and advocacy for young adults with cancer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

PC is the only place where I feel at home with cancer. Everyone on the site has a great understanding of so many of the things that we are going through. Living in Ireland with a rare cancer does not give me any ability to meet or have discussions with fellow fighters of Sarcoma (that is my type of cancer), but through PC I have met people with the exact same cancer, which means we have had the same chemo, same radiation, same operations. We can chat with each other, compare notes, help each other, give each other advice and guidance. There is no way of knowing what it is like to have cancer, until you have cancer. PC is the only place that everyone understands what you are going through. Cancer is not like other diseases, it cuts us deep in the core of our lives. It takes away hope and future. But being a part of PC helps me to enjoy the 'now'.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life, I have become stronger. It has helped me to understand my cancer. It has brought me together with other Sarcoma patients. I have met only good people, with good hearts, who have shown me help and love.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be very proud of myself. I do not think I would change things.

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

the fact that it is organised and run by people with cancer (or who have been effected by cancer).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, loving, caring. We all have something major in common. When someone says "I know exactly what you are going through", they actually mean it. So many people think they know cancer, but PC is the only place where that is true.

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

advertise itself worldwide. Each and every cancer patient should be told about PC on the day of their diagnosis.

Ways to make it better...

I had found PC earlier in my diagnosis. I spent the first 5 months without PC, it was a lonely time for me, but when I finally found the site, the quality of my life improved through the people I met.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the costs involved. Cancer patients need PC. When we need something, it should be funded properly by world cancer organisations or charities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

you will never understand how important PC is unless you have cancer, or a friend/family member with cancer. You cannot take in the reality of being told "I am sorry, but it is cancer", you can imagine it, but it is not the same.

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