BALTIMORE, Md. – Planet Cancer (PC), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a critical community of peer support and advocacy for young adults with cancer, has published Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! editor (and cancer survivor) William P. Tandy's essay "Late for Work" on the website for PC's recently published book, Planet Cancer: The Frequently Bizarre Yet Always Informative Experiences and Thoughts of Your Fellow Natives (to which Tandy is also a contributing writer).
Diagnosed with Stage II-B non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in March 2007, Tandy underwent six months of aggressive chemotherapy. His essay, "Late for Work", offers a glimpse of life's post-treatment realities. Tandy's essay, "What It's Really Like to Be Misdiagnosed", appears in the book.
Published in September 2010, Planet Cancer: The Frequently Bizarre Yet Always Informative Experiences and Thoughts of Your Fellow Natives addresses the questions and needs of the nearly 70,000 young adults, age 18-40, diagnosed with cancer in the United States every year. An honest, down-to-earth guide to living in this new world, from Diagnosis to Post-Treatment, each chapter is informed by Planet Cancer's voice – authoritative, funny, friendly, no-nonsense. Deeply personal, unflinching and often hilarious, Planet Cancer, enlivened with quotes and real-life stories from PC members, gives the uninitiated a sense of community while removing some of the mystery and fear of the unknown.
Champion bicyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong calls Planet Cancer "a mountain of practical information in a funny, you're-not-alone delivery. This is the book for young adults and their loved ones affected by cancer."
Planet Cancer: The Frequently Bizarre Yet Always Informative Experiences and Thoughts of Your Fellow Natives is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book People and Borders, or ask your local retailer. For more information, visit www.planetcancerbook.com or www.planetcancer.org.