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Cancer And Life Quotes


"Cancer changes your whole life." - Rachel Naomi Remen

"My life had made me funny, and cancer wasn't going to change that," - Gilda Radner

"Hysteria, epilepsy, tuberculosis, and cancer were all found to result from the erratic propensities of a past life." - Max Heindel

"Cancer is cancer. I've got a great life if I can just stay alive." - Paul Henderson

"Cancer has changed, and so have I. Life goes on, even becomes normal again. I refused to let cancer wreck my party. There are just too many cool things to do and plan and live for." - Kris Carr

"So far, I am a cancer survivor, but cancer will be with me for the rest of my life, be it as a nodule, tumor or cell someplace, or in my fears and anxieties," - Kathryn Joosten

"Weakness is worse than cancer, I think. It's a kind of psychological or spiritual cancer. And if you have a goal in your life, you'll get psychological immunity. Psychological immunity is a kind of optimism, just like spring." - Osama Alomar

"Two to 4% of cancers respond to chemotherapy....The bottom line is for a few kinds of cancer chemo is a life extending procedure-Hodgkin's disease, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Testicular cancer, and Choriocarcinoma." - Ralph W. Moss

"Cancer is the most pernicious, insidious, disgusting disease of life." - Pierce Brosnan

"Cancer is such a wake-up call to remind us how high the cosmic stakes really are and how short and brief and frail life really is." - Joni Eareckson Tada

"Once I got cancer of the tongue and throat, I realised that stress is a killer and I had to try and get stress out of my life." - Geoffrey Boycott

"Be gone, sorrow, sickness, wheelchairs, and cancer! Enough of you, screams of fear and nights of horror! Death, you die! Life, you reign!" - Max Lucado

"My philosophy, don't let cancer ruin your life. You get up every day and use what you have and what time you have left." - Paul Henderson

"If you've led a rather bohemian and rackety life, as I have, it's precisely the cancer that you'd expect to get. That's a bit of a yawn." - Christopher Hitchens

"I think the hardest obstacle I've ever had to overcome in my life is the illness and passing of my mother to cancer." - Edwina Findley

"While I had cancer, I wrote these twenty-two personal essays about how I lived my life backed by Zen and writing." - Natalie Goldberg

"For most of my life I had operated under a simple schematic of winning and losing, but cancer was teaching me a tolerance for ambiguities." - Lance Armstrong

"Yes, I have cancer and it might not go away, but I can still have a future because life goes on." - Kris Carr

"Cancer will be with me for the rest of my life, be it as a nodule, tumor or cell someplace, or in my fears and anxieties." - Kathryn Joosten

"My biggest fear in life is losing the people I love, and the thing with cancer is that it seems that you can't really control it." - Mollie King

"I am living proof that if you catch prostate cancer early, it can be reduced to a temporary inconvenience, and you can go back to a normal life." - Norman Schwarzkopf

"I wish I could never spend another second talking about cancer and all it does to everyone it surrounds, but unfortunately, that cannot be because of my life." - Jenna Morasca

"When I found out I had cancer, I just said one thing: 'I want to hold on to life' and that changed everything for me." - Scott Thompson

"I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, not lived in the shadow of cancer but in the light." - Patrick Swayze

"When you have a life-threatening illness like cancer, and you're faced with the alternative, it gives doing whatever it is you do a much sweeter taste." - Ronnie Montrose

"Cancer has been unfortunately in my life. My mom's best friend is kicking ass in her battle with breast cancer. Both of my grandmas had cancer. I recently lost a friend to cancer." - Marla Sokoloff

"The four most common cancers that account for about 80 percent of all cancer deaths are lung, breast, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer." - Laurie Glimcher

"Aging is like enlightenment at gunpoint. Before I had cancer, I lived my life for my art. After I had cancer, I lived my art for my life. I've always said dance is the breath made visible. That covers about everything because once you stop breathing and the breath is no longer visible, you stop moving." - Anna Halprin

"Aging is like enlightenment at gunpoint. Before I had cancer, I lived my life for my art. After I had cancer, I lived my art for my life. I"ve always said dance is the breath made visible. That covers about everything because once you stop breathing and the breath is no longer visible, you stop moving." - Anna Halprin

"Having cancer is a lonely experience. It is the one time in your life that you cannot ask those closest to you, 'What should I do?' It's too heavy a burden to place on another person. This is your life, your decision, and cancer kills." - Suzanne Somers

"Cancer is not something confined to human beings. It's found in all multi cellular organisms where the adult cells proliferate, so it's widespread in the biosphere. It's a phenomenon that is deeply related to the history of life itself, so by studying cancer I think we can illuminate the history of life itself and vice versa." - Paul Davies

"My father died of brain cancer in 1991. I do not know anyone whose life has not been touched by the loss of a loved one to cancer. I wrote my book 'Gracefully Gone' about my father's fight and my struggle growing up with an ill parent. I wrote it to help others know they are not alone in this all-too-often insurmountable war against cancer." - Alicia Coppola

"That smile could end wars and cure cancer." - John Green

"Envy grew like a cancer, deep and invasive." - J. Lynn

"Breast cancer change you, and the change can be beautiful." - Alyssa-Jane Cook

"Society is cancerous and bureaucracy is its cancer." - William S Burroughs

"Cancer is not a straight line. It's up and down." - Elizabeth Edwards

"When your partner gets cancer, then life changes. Your timetable and reference for your normal routines and the way you view life, all this changes. Because you're dealing with death. You're dealing with the possibility of death and dying." - Pierce Brosnan

"Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and they have hope and self-esteem." - David D Burns

"I've been in the sun most of my life. I've gone to skin doctors and they'll say to you, 'We should remove this because it's pre-cancerous,' and I'll say, 'Explain pre-cancerous to me.' I'll listen for about twenty minutes and I'll say excuse me, 'Is pre-cancerous like pre-dead? So you're saying it could turn into cancer but it's not cancer?'" - George Hamilton

"More than 10 million Americans are living with cancer, and they demonstrate the ever-increasing possibility of living beyond cancer." - Sheryl Crow

"Stress is what feeds your cancer. Stress is what gives you cancer and then there's the paparazzi giving you stress." - Farrah Fawcett

"Conventional cancer therapy is so toxic and dehumanizing that I fear it far more than I fear death from cancer." - Julian Whitaker

"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." - Gilda Radner

"It gave me a chance to re-evaluate my life and my career. Cancer certainly gives things a new perspective. I would not have won the Tour de France if I had not had cancer. It gave me new strength and focus." - Lance Armstrong

"The Faustian trade of the 20th century was, we got 30 years of additional life, but in return we got heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's and sensory impairments. The question is: What Faustian trade are we making now, as we go after heart disease, cancer, stroke and Alzheimer's?" - S Jay Olshansky

"Every patient reacts a little differently, both biologically and psychologically. The only constant in cancer is inconstancy; the only certainty is a future of uncertainty, a truism for all of modern life but one made vivid by life-threatening illness." - Jonathan Alter

"They have - they do still hit me occasionally, and it's an overwhelming grief for what - even though my life is so good now, even including going through treatment for cancer, my life is incredible." - Lynn Redgrave

"When you have cancer, it's like you enter a new time zone: the Cancer Zone. Everything in the Tropic of Cancer revolves around your health or your sickness. I didn't want my whole life to revolve around cancer. Life came first; cancer came second." - Regina Brett

"Most of the human body disease such as Obesity, Cancer, Heart disease are linked with our food which we eat in our day to day life. If people are eating health food than how come there be more than 50% death from heart and cancer disease alone in a developed nation such as USA?" - Subodh Gupta

"Despite the fact that a predicted 350,000 persons in the US will die of cancer this year, the cancer bureaucracy keeps a closed mind. ...the basic issue is not the efficacy of Laetrile, but the infringement of freedom in what amounts to a life and death question." - Phil Crane

"If I were rewriting 'Love, Medicine & Miracles,' I might consider changing its title to 'The Side Effects of Cancer.' Healing is hard work, as is any change one must make in one's life. I and others have learned, however, that the side effects of cancer may not all be bad ones." - Bernie Siegel

"I'm cancer-free. And I'm on antioxidants and acupuncture and a different diet. And I have a different outlook on life. I don't have resentment any more. It's wonderful." - Louis Gossett Jr

"My younger sister Debby had died of cancer, which started me writing - the sense of life being short. Cancer focuses your mind." - Meg Rosoff

"New drugs and surgical techniques offer promise in the fight against cancer, Alzheimer's, tuberculosis, AIDS, and a host of other life-threatening diseases. Animal research has been, and continues to be, fundamental to advancements in medicine." - Daniel Kahikina Akaka

"Age is a terrible thief. Just when you're getting the hang of life, it knocks your legs out from under you and stoops your back. It makes you ache and muddies your head and silently spreads cancer throughout your spouse." - Sara Gruen

"New drugs and surgical techniques offer promise in the fight against cancer, Alzheimer's, tuberculosis, AIDS, and a host of other life-threatening diseases. Animal research has been, and continues to be, fundamental to advancements in medicine." - Daniel Akaka

"If you don't have cancer, cherish life. If you do, cherish it even more" - Jim Stynes

"You can see a person's whole life in the cancer they get." - Haruki Murakami

"Poetry can't cure cancer, but it can save your life until you die." - Maurice Saatchi

"I feel like I've lost 10 years of my life to cancer." - Sam Taylorwood

"Once cancer happens it changes the way you live for the rest of your life." - Hayley Mills

"I feel like I've lost 10 years of my life to cancer." - Sam Taylor-Wood

"Studying cancer could provide huge insights for astrobiologists into the nature of life itself." - Paul Davies

"There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection." - Ann Jillian

"I look at my cancer journey as a gift: It made me slow down and realisethe important things in life and taught me to not sweat the small stuff." - Olivia Newton-John

"All has changed, thanks to Joe Eszterhas' life-threatening battle with throat cancer. He announced in "The New York Times" that he and Hollywood had blood on their hands and now Eszterhas is crusading to stop Hollywood's glamorization of smoking." - Joe Eszterhas

"Even if your difficult time comes at you out of the blue - like cancer - even those times, opens your heart to the magic and power of life, and gives you this inner commitment to live every moment." - Elizabeth Lesser

"Now I'm fighting cancer, everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how's your day, and nothing is changed for me." - Jim Valvano

"When you get cancer, it's like really time to look at what your life was and is, and I decided that everything I've done so far is not as important as what I'm going to do now." - Herbie Mann

"In too many cases, the moms, the dads, the sisters and brothers of children with cancer must stand by a hospital bed and watch helplessly as this horrible disease consumes the life of an innocent child." - Michael Mccaul

"Cancer came back into my life twice in order for me to understand something, and I guess I still wasn't getting it. And my husband wasn't getting it, either." - Mariel Hemingway

"I've written and passed laws to give Medicare beneficiaries access to life saving cancer drugs and to ensure that seniors don't have to give up the prospect of a cure when they go into hospice care." - Ron Wyden

"My mom [has] always been my hero. Watching her experience something like breast cancer was pivotal, I think in my whole family's life and experience. She is one strong lady." - Emma Stone

"My whole life has been about changing negatives into positives. I got famous, then I got cancer, and now I live to talk about it. Sometimes the best gifts come in the ugliest packages." - Fran Drescher

"One of the big tensions in my life is that I have known the stresses of financial hardship since I was a little kid, and it is the cancer for which I am seeking a cure." - Andy Richter

"Since I came to the White House, I got two hearing aids, a colon operation, skin cancer, a prostate operation, and I was shot. The damn thing is, I've never felt better in my life." - Ronald Reagan

"Wanna move out the hood and defeat that cancer I ask how she stay on her feet like dancers How she keep on adding paint to a life-size canvas." - Lil B

"My life, like most people's, has been negatively affected by cancer, and the thought of my young children living in an age where this is no longer humanity's No. 1 health fear was simply overpowering." - Shane Smith

"My brother died of cancer two years ago (1998), renal cell carcinoma. He was my only real brother and I didn't know what to do. I'd never been so desperate in my life." - Quincy Jones

"I love smoking. I miss it every day of my life. If I found out that it didn't cause cancer, I would go out and buy, like, eight cartons right now." - Beth Grant

"I hate cats. But this cancer cat made me feel bad, so I was like, Okay, I'll take her back to L.?A. and give her her last six months of pain-free life." - Emmy Rossum

"In the frantic search for an elusive 'cure,' few researchers stand back and ask a very basic question: why does cancer exist? What is its place in the grand story of life?" - Paul Davies

"I kind of blossomed backwards. I got cancer, fell in love and have a magical life. I never imagined it would happen that way, but you just go with the flow, right?" - Kris Carr

"Both of my grandparents died of lung cancer. So I got quite a lesson in the payback later in life of smoking, and if you keep it up how bad it can be." - George Clooney

"Cancer stops you in your tracks. It really makes you think about what's important. In a second, life can change. Don't ever forget to say thank you for love and family. What good is your success without them?" - Jaclyn Smith

"One thing you have to realize is that cancer is not something you necessarily cure, but you want to just take care of yourself and extend your life as long as you can." - Joe Torre

"With something like cancer, there is a feeling that you can fight it in some way or control your response to it, but with dementia there is the fear of losing control of your mind and your life." - Kevin Whately

"My father had died, and very swiftly, too, of cancer of the esophagus. He was 79. I am 61. In whatever kind of a 'race' life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist." - Christopher Hitchens

"Most people think, "Life sucks, and then you die." I disagree. I think life sucks. Then you get cancer. Then you go into chemotherapy. You lose all your hair, you feel bad about yourself. Then all of the sudden the cancer goes into remission, and then all of the sudden you have a stroke. You can't move your right side. And then, maybe, you die." - Denis Leary

"I know what cancer was. How is it like humankind?" Sek Hardeen's perfectly modulated, softly accented tones showed a hint of agitation. "We have spread out through the galaxy like cancer cells through a living body, Dure. We multiply without thought to the countless life forms that must die or be pushed aside so that we may breed and flourish. We eradicate competing forms of intelligent life." - Dan Simmons

"Cancer is like another form of life. It's closely related to healthy life. A healthy body is one form of life. Cancer is in a way nature's experiment with life." - Paul Davies

"I spent two years telling studio heads that it wasn't a cancer picture. I hate cancer pictures. I don't want to see a cancer picture. There is only one thing worth saying about cancer, and that is that there are human beings in cancer wards." - James L Brooks

"Without cancer, I never would have won a single Tour de France. Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully. It taught me that pain has a reason, and that sometimes the experience of losing things - whether health or a car or an old sense of self-has its own value in the scheme of life. Pain and loss are great enhancers." - Lance Armstrong

"It seems that cancer is a direct result to injury. If you smoke, you damage your lung tissue, and then lung cancer arises. If you drink, you damage your liver, and then liver cancer occurs." - Eva Vertes

"My mother, father, stepmother and surrogate mother have all died of cancer; my best friend has got terminal cancer and at least five of my other friends have had cancer but survived it." - Arabella Weir

"People grow; people grow apart, and cancer... I've had a very in-depth and personal experience with cancer, and it really causes a perspective shift." - Justin Baldoni

"The battle against cancer has made me strong. It's like winning a war! When I was diagnosed, I was told by doctors my kidney, liver and other organs could fail. It was tough. I didn't know if I could save my life. But I was positive, and because of that, the doctor told me that I would be a man who would never have cancer." - Yuvraj Singh

"The odd thing is, that I wrote The Great Spring while I had cancer and it's not about cancer. It was after I was done with cancer that I wrote a book about it." - Natalie Goldberg

"You can manage cancer. You don't have to be degraded by humiliating treatments and protocols. And in some cases, you can be cured of cancer." - Suzanne Somers

"Cancer is really a slew of rare diseases. Lung cancer has 700 sub-types, breast cancer has 30,000 mutations which means that every cancer in its own right is a rare disease. Sharing data globally in this context is really important from a life-threatening perspective." - Patrick Soon-Shiong

"When people get cancer now, the first thing you do is you go to some doctors to get some advice, figure out what to do. People live a long long life after a cancer diagnosis. Not that it's not scary. The people I know have done so many stupid things. And they're still alive. Just being alive at this point is kind of icing on the cake." - Exene Cervenka

"There is only one things in this world shittier than biting it from cancer when you're sixteen, and that's having a kid who bites it from cancer." - John Green

"I see racism as a cancer. It is a cancer growing in us. Unless we stop it, it vegetates and grows bigger which hurts every one of us." - Pearl Tan

"You hear the word 'cancer,' and you think it is a death sentence. In fact, the shock is the biggest thing about a diagnosis of cancer." - Clare Balding

"For example, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Every four minutes someone is diagnosed, and every nine minutes someone dies." - Kevin Richardson

"Researches at Yale found a connection between brain cancer and work environment. The No. 1 most dangerous job for developing brain cancer? Plutonium hat model." - Jimmy Fallon

"We're going to raise a lot of money for cancer awareness, give some to the American Cancer Society and hopefully make a big difference." - Ll Cool J

"While eliminating smallpox and curtailing cholera added decades of life to vast populations, cures for the chronic diseases of old age cannot have the same effect on life expectancy. A cure for cancer would be miraculous and welcome, but it would lead to only a three-year increase in life expectancy at birth." - S Jay Olshansky

"The will and intention to live and quality of life created lead to changes within the genetic make up of the person and their cancer cells. This has even been seen in concentration camps where people sought life and health when disease and the inability to work meant death and to the other extreme where one's mortality starts one off truly living." - Bernie Siegel

"People just don't know that you can have colon cancer and be completely asymptomatic and healthy." - Julie Gerberding

"I think Donald Trump is a complete and utter buffoon and a cancer to our society." - Daniel Negreanu

"In terms of fitness and battling through cancer, exercise helps you stay strong physically and mentally." - Grete Waitz

"There is a very moving and ancient connection between cancer and depression." - Siddhartha Mukherjee

"did everything I could in my life to be immune to hatred, because hatred is a cancer." - Elie Wiesel

"If I had given up everything that my life was about... I'd let cancer win before it needed to." - Elizabeth Edwards

"Commerce is the life blood of the City. If we are not careful, government will become the cancer." - Andrew Ryan

"If I had given up everything that my life was about ... I'd let cancer win before it needed to." - Elizabeth Edwards

"My mother did not want cancer to interfere with my life, as she knew it would eventually end hers." - Jenna Morasca

"Cancer didn't change me at all. I know lots of people talk about the life revelation. I didn't have that." - Randy Pausch

"I always tell people I'm grateful for my cancer diagnosis because it was the greatest gift because it completely changed my life. I was able to stop and let my whole life and world just crash over me like a wave. And I stood there and went, 'Wow.' And for the first time, I stopped everything. I had to." - Melissa Etheridge

"Once you are diagnosed with cancer, time changes. It both speeds up insanely and stops altogether." - Eve Ensler

"I'm a Cancer, which means I'm maternal and emotional. So in relationships I'm screwed." - Lindsay Lohan

"Florida's number three industry, behind tourism and skin cancer, is voter fraud." - Dave Barry

"The Bible diagnoses the cancer of all cancers and prescribes the cure of all cures." - Ray Comfort

"I don't rock for Cancer. I rock for cash, and the topless dancers." - Kid Rock

"The people who eat the most animal protein have the most heart disease, cancer and diabetes." - T. Colin Campbell

"You're never really cancer-free and I should have known that." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"Colds, ulcers, flu, and cancer are things we get. Schizophrenia is something we are." - Mark Vonnegut

"Depression is a treatable medical illness like cancer and heart disease." - Judith Peacock

"What cancer does is, it forces you to focus, to prioritize, and you learn what's important." - Joel Siegel

"What cancer does is, it forces you to focus, to prioritize, and you learn what's important." - Joel Siegel

"Guns kill more teenagers than the other big killers - heart disease, cancer, and AIDS - combined." - Joycelyn Elders

"Ive heard about cases when people repented of pornography and were healed of liver cancer." - Gordon Klingenschmitt

"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Cancer is complex and therefore there is not a one-size-fits-all solution." - Tyler Jacks

"I had cancer for fourteen months and wrote a memoir about the experience." - Natalie Goldberg

"Cancer can take a long time to develop and necessarily has multiple causes." - Devra Davis

"I'm in my 60s, and a cancer scare just makes you more aware of mortality." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"Rising inequality is a cultural and economic cancer on a lot of different levels." - Kevin Drum

"In a sense, having cancer takes you by the shoulders and shakes you." - Elizabeth Edwards

"There was endometrial tissue outside of where it belonged, and the cancer developed from that." - Robin Quivers

"I'm an honorary ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer, and I'm also associated with St. Jude's." - Sofia Vassilieva

"Above all, cancer is a spiritual practice that teaches me about faith and resilience." - Kris Carr

"When someone has cancer, the whole family and everyone who loves them does, too." - Terri Clark

"I had a lump on my face and had a big cancer thing removed." - Patrick Duffy

"The vast knowledge we have to prevent cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses is staggering." - Tom Rath

"People with AIDS, cancer and other illnesses need free nonmedical support services." - Marianne Williamson

"I was spiritually bankrupt, and when that happens, it's like a spiritual cancer afflicts you." - Mel Gibson

"I'm allergic to the word 'important' in film and theatre. Cancer research is important." - Robert Sean Leonard



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