Books, Films & Media

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Must-read Books

Diagnosed with cancer at age 27, Kairol Rosenthal emerged from treatment, ditched her hospital gown, and hit the road with a tape recorder in hand. From the Big Apple to the Bible Belt, she met twenty-five complete strangers living with cancer in their 20s and 30s who revealed intimate cancer stories that they had never shared before—from fighting for COBRA to best cancer sex toys. Part travelogue, diary, and investigative reporting, these candid stories along with expert advice are the first-ever comprehensive guidebook for young adults with cancer.

Planet Cancer is an honest, down-to-earth guide to living with, through and beyond cancer as a young adult. Each chapter is authoritative, funny, friendly and no-nonsense. Experts address issues with deeply personal, unflinching, and often hilarious pieces written by people who actually went through it. The book, enlivened with quotes and real-life stories from Planet Cancer members, gives the uninitiated a sense of community and removes some of the mystery and fear of the unknown.

Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips gathers the lessons learned and advice offered from Kris Carr's cancer journey, as well as the experiences of her cancer posse. Full-color photos accompany personal stories and candid revelations in this scrapbook of advice, warnings, and resources for the cancer patient. Chapters cover your changing social life, dating, sex, and appearance; essential health tips on how to boost your immune system; recipes; medical and holistic resources; and information on young survivor support groups.

Feature Films

50/50
Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser.

The Aphrodite Project
An award-winning documentary following the journey of 8 cancer survivors as they explore creative mediums of art and music. Guided by artists and musicians living in the same community, they discover myriad life-changing insights, healing and a profound appreciation for living life.

Chasing Rainbows
A dynamic documentary offering an intimate portrayal of six young adult cancer survivors "living life while fighting for it." With passion and infectious laughter, these individuals provide a refreshing perspective about what it is like to live with cancer as a young adult trying to figure out how to get busy living.

Crazy Sexy Cancer
An irreverant and uplifting documentary about a young woman looking for a cure and finding her life. Written and produced by actress/photographer and young adult survivor Kris Carr, this biopic is about rising to the challenge of life, and no matter what, refusing to give up who you are at your core.

Face The Sun
This tender, heart-warming and inspirational film is the first feature to look closely at breast cancer and its impact on families. It offers messages of courage, hope and forgiveness, while highlighting the struggles of those that have been waiting too long to tell their story and encouraging us to live life to the fullest.

In The Family
At 31, Joanna Rudnick faces an impossible decision: remove her breasts and ovaries or risk incredible odds of developing cancer. A deeply moving piece of first-person journalism with dashes of science and investigative work thrown in, In the Family follows Joanna as she navigates her journey.

Jonna's Body
A tongue-in-cheek and bizarre tour-de-force black dramedy set inside the body of Jonna Tamases as she undergoes cancer treatment. Her inner life's daily chaos is corralled by Pearl, Jonna's loyal, sassy internal receptionist, as she fields calls from a parade of off-beat body parts with never-ending needs.

Just One Year
Joy Clausen thought she had it all. She had been a successful dolphin trainer for five years, had obtained a Bachelor's, a Master's and was on her way to becoming a filmmaker. When she turned 25, her friends told her that this would be her magical year . . . two months later she was diagnosed with cancer.

A Lion In The House
A groundbreaking, award-winning and critically-hailed documentary telling the intimate story of five families facing childhood cancer across six years. This stunning, provocative film stands apart as a powerful example of how the media can create lasting change in the public's understanding of cancer.

Out Living It
Out Living It was created to document the transformation of people living with cancer as they discover their ability to embrace life while navigating the challenges of their disease. Serac Adventure Films teamed with First Descents to create a film that portrays the triumph of human spirit in the face of adversity while inspiring its audience to seek challenge, adventure, risk and laughter.

The Peloton Project
In times past, cancer treatment meant going to the basement of the local hospital with flickering green lights and the feeling that you were the disease. Today, the medical field now recognizes that regaining a 'normal' lifestyle is a vital part in cancer treatment. It is about the whole person.

Wrong Way to Hope
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Owyhee River gorge deep in the SE Oregon desert, a group of eight courageous young adult survivors of cancer embark on a journey of a lifetime down the one of the most remote rivers in the Lower 48. The result sheds light on Canada's young adult cancer population.

The Young Invincibles
The Young Invincibles profiles three young adults at different stages of cancer over the course of one day in three US cities. Whitney, Elle and Travis do not know each other but their stories are intricately interwoven with one another to tell the greater story of the young adult cancer experience.