Cancer Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cancer quotes, cancer sayings, and cancer proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

John Diamon

We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.     

Lance Armstrong

Cancer affects all of us, whether you're a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient.

Jennifer Aniston

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.     

Jim Valvano

You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It's a mindset.

Dave Pelzer

Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.     

Michael Douglas

Cancer changes your life, often for the better. You learn what's important, you learn to prioritize, and you learn not to waste your time. You tell people you love them. My friend Gilda Radner used to say, 'If it wasn't for the downside, having cancer would be the best thing and everyone would want it.' That's true. If it wasn't for the downside.

Joel Siegel

Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment - you just have to be willing to take it.     

Emily Hollenberg

My cancer scare changed my life. I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.     

Olivia Newton-John

Cancer is not a death sentence, but rather it is a life sentence; it pushes one to live.

Marcia Smith

So if there is a purpose to the suffering that is cancer, I think it must be this: it's meant to improve us.     

Lance Armstrong

Women agonize over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend's breast.

Martha Weinman Lear

All too often, we forget about the patient's emotional fight while they're physically fighting their diagnosis. But cancer is a disease of the body, mind, and soul.     

Chris Prestano

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.     

Barbara Bloom

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

Ambrose Redmoon

Cancer is so limited. It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot destroy peace. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot suppress memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot invade the soul. It cannot steal eternal life. It cannot conquer the spirit.

Anonymous

The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart.

Nikolai Lenin

One important thing to know is you're still the same person during it. You're stripped down near zero. But it seems that most people come out at the other end feeling more like themselves than ever before. I'm more eager than ever to do what I did. I want to do everything.      

Kylie Minogue

I always look on the positive side and in a weird way just thought of it as another adventure. Not for a single second did it go through my head that I was going to die.      

Caroline Monk

Cancer is really hard to go through and it's really hard to watch someone you love go through, and I know because I have been on both sides of the situation.      

Cynthia Nixon

Having cancer does make you try to be better at everything you do and enjoy every moment. It changes you forever. But it can be a positive change.      

Jaclyn Smith

I'm stronger than I thought I was. My favorite phrase has been 'This too shall pass.' I now understand it really well.     

Robin Roberts

Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying.

John Green

You can see a person's whole life in the cancer they get.

Haruki Murakami

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.      

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