In 2013, at the age of 36, while nearing the end of neurosurgery residency, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with lung cancer. In his poignantly written, posthumously published book, When Breath Becomes Air, he described his transition from physician to patient; Instead of being the pastoral figure aiding a life transition, I found myself the sheep, lost and confused. Severe illness wasn’t life-altering, it was life-shattering. It felt less like an epiphany…and more like someone had just firebombed the path forward…My life had been building potential, potential that would now go unrealized.
Earlier this month On The Media podcast replayed The Cancer Show. Host Brooke Gladstone interviewed five guests on topics ranging from the history of cancer, to what makes a great cancer story in the media to new words that have been created to better explain the cancer experience.
Science is interlaced with first-hand caregiver experience in George Johnson’s engaging and easy to read The Cancer Chronicles.
Read the AYA Team’s film overview of the latest Adolescent & Young Adult cancer movie. Warning, there is a major spoiler!
Recently, books, movies and TV shows have all featured AYAs dealing with cancer. We share a few examples of these fictional and real-life accounts and ask for your thoughts on how AYA cancer is portrayed in the mainstream media.