Cancer Quotes

The late Christopher Hitchens had the professional contrarian’s fixation on attacking sacred cows, and rather soon after his cancer diagnosis, he became one himself.

— Alex Pareene

There’s no such thing as ageing gracefully. I don’t meet people who want to get Alzheimer’s disease, or who want to get cancer or arthritis or any of the other things that afflict the elderly. Ageing is bad for you, and we better just actually accept that.

— Aubrey de Grey

Heart disease continues to be the number one killer cancer, the number 2 killer, not far behind. The tragic aspect of these deadly diseases is that they could all be cured, I do believe, if we had sufficient funding.

— Arlen Specter

My mother died of lung cancer last year. I felt helpless. As an economist, I thought, ‘What can I do?’

— Andrew Lo

I do like the ocean wave, actually. I’m born under the sign of Cancer – the sign of the crab – so I like coastal areas and sunny beaches and such – although not the wide-open and deep seas.

— Anjelica Huston

My father, Simon Hoggart, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2010. By this point, it had spread to his spleen and metastasised in his lungs and so was pronounced terminal.

— Amy Hoggart

The thing with cancer is that it’s usually the chemo rather than the disease itself that makes the patient feel so ill, particularly at the start.

— Amy Hoggart

I am really proud of what I have done for cancer awareness, but do I feel like Bono? No.

— Andy Rourke

When a person has cancer, the whole family really suffers with her.

— Ann Jillian

If you’ve ever had a brush with cancer, you’re always thinking a pain might be something serious.

— Ann Jillian

I know patients who bring a dozen roses to the doctor’s office. And, boy, the next visit, nobody forgets that. You come in and hey – ‘Here’s the lady who brought the roses’ vs. ‘Here’s the lung cancer.’

— Bernie Siegel

It’s OK for China to invent cancer drugs that cure patients in the United States. We want them to catch up. But as the leader, we want to keep setting a very, very high standard. We don’t want them to catch up because we’re slowing down or, even worse, going into reverse.

— Bill Gates

The most famous rumor for me is that I had throat cancer. I never had throat cancer… I don’t know why that started… The way I sing, probably.

— Bob Seger

At my age, I don’t think anyone is untouched by cancer.

— Bryan Cranston

Well even before she was diagnosed with the cancer, I would have said that she was a lot tougher than me and most guys would probably say that about their wives and it’s probably true in most cases.

— Brett Favre

With breast cancer, it’s all about detection. You have to educate young women and encourage them to do everything they have to do.

— Bill Rancic

Cancer Boy probably has the saddest, noblest, sweetest heart of any character I’ve ever done.

— Bruce McCulloch

It ain’t like we’re curing cancer or anything, we’re watching basketball.

— Charles Barkley

It’s not at all good when your cancer is ‘palpable’ from the outside. Especially when, as at this stage, they didn’t even know where the primary source was. Carcinoma works cunningly from the inside out. Detection and treatment often work more slowly and gropingly, from the outside in.

— Christopher Hitchens

Not many people come through esophageal cancer and live to talk about it, or not for long.

— Christopher Hitchens

It seems everybody has been somehow affected by cancer, either through a relative or a close friend or somewhere, and they know how devastating cancer can be. And they see me, and I refuse to let it affect how I live and what I do.

— Craig Sager

I have acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive type of cancer. The typical prognosis is 3-6 months to live, but I would like to stress that is for a patient who is not receiving treatment.

— Craig Sager

Movies are fun, but they are no cure for cancer.

— Clint Eastwood

If you have lung cancer, the most important thing you can know is your genetic code.

— Craig Venter

Coming to terms with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee is like being told you have Stage 1 or Stage 2 cancer. You know you’ll probably survive, but one way or the other, there’s going to be a lot of throwing up.

— Christopher Buckley

Although awareness of cancer’s prevalence in the United States improves and medical advances in the field abound, pancreatic cancer has largely been absent from the list of major success stories.

— Chris Van Hollen

I think any cancer patient, if you dig not too deeply, they want to live.

— Charles Jencks

If we stop exploring space, we’re going to lose the same part of us that found vaccines and penicillin, the part that searches for cures to cancer and AIDS.

— Corbin Bernsen

Many children with cancer in the developing world can be cured. But without appropriate treatment, few survive.

— Caitriona Balfe

It’s been said that mistletoe extract enhances immune function, which increases the production of the immune cells. When administered as a form of therapy for cancer, the extracts are given by injection under the skin, into a vein or directly into a tumor.

— Chris Kilham

If I can get people to accept that a DNA test is nothing to be intimidated about, then we can do tests that determine how well you metabolise certain drugs and test for breast cancer.

— Chris Toumazou

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

— David D. Burns

Ethno-sectarian violence is a particular concern in Iraq, as it is a cancer that continues to spread if left unchecked.

— David Petraeus

Both of our daughters, Debbie and Bonnie, are also cancer survivors.

— David Wilkerson

We were never supposed to live until 40. We were built to self-destruct at 30, whether from cancer or mental illness. We’re all going way beyond our expiration date.

— Douglas Coupland

We all live with cancer, whether it is present in ourselves or affects someone we love.

— Dwayne Johnson

People used to say everyone knows someone who’s had breast cancer. In the past few weeks, I’ve learned something else: Everyone has someone close to them who has had breast cancer.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

When our bodies are violated by this horrible disease of cancer, we’re in total shock because it’s so unexpected.

— David H. Koch

You know, once you’ve stood up to cancer, everything else feels like a pretty easy fight.

— David H. Koch

Turning 30 was when my parents both got cancer and were fighting it and beat it, but their mortality started to get to me. Everything wasn’t as hunky-dory like it was.

— Darren Aronofsky

Dementia is our most-feared illness, more than heart disease or cancer.

— David Perlmutter

We may never understand illnesses such as cancer. In fact, we may never cure it. But an ounce of prevention is worth more than a million pounds of cure.

— David Agus

We talk about cancer as a noun, as if it’s a one time event: ‘I’ve got cancer.’

— David Agus

When breast cancer took my mom, it met its biggest enemy.

— DeAngelo Williams

I was at number one in Australia with both my album and my single. And then I was told I had cancer. I thought, ‘What a strange turn of events.’

— Delta Goodrem

I used to get stressed out, but my cancer has put everything into perspective.

— Delta Goodrem

When are we going to say cancer is cured? I’m not sure when that will happen, if that will happen because cancer is a very slippery disease and it involves a vast number of cells in the body and those cells are continually mutating.

— David Baltimore

Historically, more people have died of religion than cancer.

— Dick Francis

I’ve had a hip replacement, I’ve beaten cancer, I had my hand operation, and I stopped drinking. Something inside of me just went, ‘I’m done.’

— Eddie Van Halen

In a sense, having cancer takes you by the shoulders and shakes you.

— Elizabeth Edwards

We need to stop trying to restrict access to lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and well-woman exams.

— Elizabeth Esty

I held my father’s hand while he died of cancer, and it’s really painful when you do something like that up close and personal. My mother was already gone, and I was very, very close to my father.

— Elizabeth Warren

Cancer essentially lives in us and becomes activated at some point, and then cells begin to psychotically divide. Initially, the cancer cell looks like other cells and the body invites it in.

— Eve Ensler

Since cancer, I feel like I have dreams rather than ambitions, visions rather than plans.

— Eve Ensler

Nothing I did contributed to me having cancer, so I can’t sit back and say, ‘Oh why me.’ Why not me? Why does tragedy always have to hit someone else?

— Eric Davis

I attacked my cancer diagnosis the same way I attack training and competing, and that’s pretty fearless.

— Eric Shanteau

After my cancer diagnosis, I really took my swimming to a new level.

— Eric Shanteau

I was actually very pleased that they let me do it, because I feel very deeply for breast cancer survivors. I don’t have it, but it is in my family. I’ve always been very aware of it. I go for mammograms and checkups.

— Erika Slezak

I started realizing I could be an example for women to not just be aware of breast cancer but to act on it, to make an appointment, to give themselves an exam.

— Giuliana Rancic

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

The tremendous acquisition of basic knowledge will allow a much more rational treatment of cancer, viral infections, degenerative diseases and, most importantly, mental diseases.

— Gunter Blobel

People are simply screwing up when they go out and buy beefsteak, which is killing them with cancer and heart troubles. The stuff costs a fortune, too. You could feed a thousand people with lentil soup for the cost of half a dozen filets.

— George Harrison

We have thousands of patients and family members who are dealing with dual devastation, cancer and the hurricane.

— Greg Anderson

When Mrs. Bush was First Lady, she went all over the Mideast talking about breast cancer awareness and the need for early screening. She did this in places where the cultures prohibit such discussion or even detection efforts.

— Greta Van Susteren

Another inspiration that has helped me get through has been Lance Armstrong’s story. My cancer is not nearly as bad as his, but I believe in staying motivated and keeping as fit as you can.

— Grete Waitz

I guess I wanted to show people, among other things, that you don’t have to be a hero to get through cancer. You can be a craven coward and get through. You have to stay on your medication and take your treatments, that’s all.

— Harvey Pekar

I could be a bit of a pain in the arse. Since I’ve come out of my cancer, I must say I intend to be even more of a pain in the arse.

— Harold Pinter

This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die. I was so struck by this statement.

— Harold Pinter

On the male side of my family, cancer has been very insidious, and so I’m just attempting to live a lifestyle that doesn’t follow in their footsteps.

— Hill Harper

Having cancer empowered me to take more risks. I knew beating cancer was going to shape me, but it wasn’t going to be all of me.

— Hoda Kotb

Cancer is a collection of many diseases with common principles, and each disease will have to be understood and more effectively controlled on its own terms.

— Harold E. Varmus

Tobacco, UV rays, viruses, heredity, and age are the main causes of cancer.

— Harold E. Varmus

The president said that this is not removing a mole. You know, removing a mole, that’s an outpatient sort of an operation. This was removing a cancer, removing a cancer takes more time.

— Gordon England

In retrospect, I have devoted my scientific life mainly to the question to what extent infectious agents contribute to human cancer, trusting that this will contribute to novel modes of cancer prevention, diagnosis and, hopefully, later on, also to cancer therapy.

— Harald zur Hausen

I have heard of people dying from prostate cancer, and they are the unlucky ones, the people who didn’t know they had got it, and it went on the rampage.

— Ian Mckellen

In 2002, my daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of colon cancer. And it was such a shock, a surprise to us.

— Iyanla Vanzant

Hats, giant shades and 60-plus sunblock are part of my summer repertoire. I don’t want wrinkles, but it’s skin cancer I truly fear.

— Janine di Giovanni

But try if you can to support, whether it’s AIDS or the cancer foundation, so that someone else might survive, might prosper, and might actually be cured of this dreaded disease.

— Jim Valvano

I’ll also tell you that five hundred thousand people will die this year of cancer. And I’ll also tell you that one in every four will be afflicted with this disease, and yet, somehow, we seem to have put it in a little bit of the background.

— Jim Valvano

If a black doctor discovers a cure for cancer, ain’t no hospital going to lock him out.

— Jesse Jackson

If we get kids eating right, we could decrease cancer rates by 90 percent.

— Joel Fuhrman

Cancer initiates due to a wide variety of causes, some of which are outside of our control or already occurred during our childhood.

— Joel Fuhrman

Cancer is caused by what you do for many, many years, not what you do for a few weeks or months.

— Joel Fuhrman

If only there was a vaccine to protect against breast cancer, we’d be lining up – wouldn’t we?

— Judy Blume

You hear the word ‘cancer,’ it scares you. You think of death.

— Joe Torre

You know, Mike Milken, the money that he has raised for cancer research has been remarkable.

— Joe Torre

Sin is protean. It is a cancer that keeps mutating, and just when you think you have killed off one form, it turns out a deadlier strain yet is threatening your heart.

— John Ortberg

Until you expose the cancer, you can’t fix it.

— James McBride

I questioned her further, and eventually got to talk to her doctor. And her doctor sort of shook his head and he said, ‘I have examined her for throat cancer at least 15 times in the past few years.

— James Randi

Two days prior to the Herrick operation I repaired a double cleft lip, resected a recurrent cancer of the mouth, corrected lop ears in a child, and closed a burn of the buttocks.

— Joe Murray

The bad news is that my thin melanoma has something called mitosis, which means the cancer cells are dividing and multiplying even as I write. My thin melanoma has already spread outside of the tumor and into the deep layers of skin.

— Jane Green

I decided to quit ‘Survivor: All-Stars’ in order to be closer to my mother, who ended up passing away from breast cancer seven days after I returned home.

— Jenna Morasca

If I had terminal cancer, I had a few weeks to live, I was in tremendous amount of pain – if they just effectively wanted to turn off the switch and legalise that by legalising euthanasia, I’d want that.

— John Key

While Planned Parenthood provides abortions at some of their clinics, it also provides healthcare services for poor women, including checkups, mammograms, cervical cancer screenings and contraceptives.

— Juan Williams

I’m Cancer and Gemini cusp, so I read both and pick the one I like best. I read horoscopes but claim not to believe any of it.

— Joe Dempsie

My main frustration is the fear of cancer from low dose radiation, even by radiologists.

— John Cameron

Until I was diagnosed with mouth cancer, I’d never heard of it.

— Jack Wild

It was a fine cancer experience, as cancer experiences go.

— Julia Sweeney

I get a lot of letters, mostly from family members who have been affected by cancer rather than young people themselves. I reply to them all.

— Jenny Downham

By exercising your stomach muscles, you wring out the body, you don’t catch colds, you don’t get cancer, you don’t get hernias. Do animals get hernias? Do animals go on diets?

— Joseph Pilates

Breast cancer isn’t one disease – it’s probably four or five different types, and without knowing what type a person has, you can’t optimize treatment for them.

— Leroy Hood

As J.R. I could get away with anything – bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new ‘Dallas’ series.

— Larry Hagman

Well, right now, technically, I have no breast cancer.

— Lynn Redgrave

Once you have a disease like cancer, you look at life a bit differently. Some things that were important no longer seem as important as they were.

— Linton Kwesi Johnson

If you’re unable to catch it in time, the cancer can spread to the lymph nodes and at that point, the cancer is essentially incurable, but that doesn’t mean your condition can’t be improved.

— Len Dawson

Early stages’ is when the cancer is completely contained within the prostate. If it is detected when the cancer is entirely in the gland, the chance for full recovery is at its highest.

— Len Dawson

My grandfather and my uncle both died from colorectal cancer, my dad almost died from it and I have the gene for it.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

When the doctor told me I had cancer, I was scared.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

We’re not curing cancer, people. I wish we were, but we’re not. It’s entertainment.

— Katee Sackhoff

I have friends who are going through chemotherapy, and they make the darkest, most hideous cancer jokes you’ve ever heard.

— Kathy Griffin

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

Once colon cancer becomes symptomatic, nine times out of ten it is too late.

— Kevin Richardson

I will say that there is an inordinate amount of medicine in my novels, especially the first one. There are a lot of medical things that happen. A hip fracture, three different kinds of lung cancer, pneumonia, blood poisoning, and so on.

— Khaled Hosseini

Eventually cancer becomes just another annoying thing that you deal with, you know, like cellulite.

— Kris Carr

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

— Kris Carr

I began seeing my wife, Kathleen, while I was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

— Ken Venturi

I had a cancer scare in the early ’90s, and for a few months, I wondered if I would make it.

— Kiki Dee

I’ve just made a cancer drama, called ‘Now Is Good,’ directed by Ol Parker and starring Dakota Fanning. We filmed in Brighton and it’s about a girl dying of leukemia, although it’s not as depressing as it sounds.

— Kaya Scodelario

Shortly before I turned 37 and my older daughter turned 3, I was diagnosed with breast cancer: stage III of IV.

— Kelly Corrigan

Cancer is a growth hormone for empathy, and empathy makes us useful to each other in ways we were not, could not have been, before.

— Kelly Corrigan

As someone who has had cancer, I learned that you don’t have to die. Look at me. Because of early detection, I’m fine. I’m cured. I’m well.

— Kate Jackson

The chemotherapy was very peculiar, something that makes you feel much worse than the cancer itself, a very nasty thing. I used to go to treatment on my own, and nearly everybody else was with somebody. I wouldn’t have liked that. Why would you want to make anybody sit in those places?

— Maggie Smith

Islamist terrorism is a cancer on Islam, and Muslims themselves must fight it at our side.

— Marine Le Pen

I was spiritually bankrupt, and when that happens, it’s like a spiritual cancer afflicts you.

— Mel Gibson

Cancer is like the common cold there are so many different types. In the future we’ll still have cancer, but we’ll detect it very, very early, so that it won’t kill anybody. We’ll zap it at the molecular level decades before it grows into a tumor.

— Michio Kaku

Go to the doctor, get a checkup, and get Pap smears regularly. Cervical cancer is very preventable, and if you catch it early, there are tons of ways to treat it as well.

— Mandy Moore

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

— Max Heindel

Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn’t afraid of anything anymore.

— Melissa Etheridge

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

— Michael Douglas

Serious is when they tell you, ‘You’ve got cancer.’ Cancer is serious, but then the rest of it is not.

— Michael Douglas

Scientists suggest that the link between consuming poultry and cancer spread may be due to carcinogens in cooked meat. For unknown reasons, these carcinogens build up more in the muscles of chickens and turkeys than in those of other animals.

— Michael Greger

One of the worst things you can do if you’re worried about breast cancer is to cook beef, pork, fish or poultry at a high temperature – which includes frying, grilling and roasting.

— Michael Greger

Tobacco smoke contains chemicals that weaken the body’s immune system, making it more susceptible to disease and handicapping its ability to destroy cancer cells.

— Michael Greger

After following more than 60,000 people for more than a dozen years, University of Oxford researchers found those who consume a plant-based diet were less likely to develop all forms of cancer combined.

— Michael Greger

I have licked cancer, and I’m actually thinking of several career options.

— Miriam Defensor-Santiago

On Dec. 10, 2000, I learned I was free of cancer.

— Marissa Jaret Winokur

When the person you love has cancer, they are, in a sense, living on Planet Cancer. They are in a place where you are not. And you can’t follow them.

— Michel Faber

Unfortunately, cancer is the number one killer of children in this country today, and it destroys not only these innocent victims, but their families as well.

— Michael McCaul

Cancer affects so many people, and even if it hasn’t affected someone in your family then you know someone who has had it.

— Mollie King

I’m sure it really is hard to be an oncologist, and actually, more and more people are surviving cancer.

— Marcia Wallace

Let us give publicity to H.I.V./AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of H.I.V./AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.

— Nelson Mandela

If you had a cancer on your skin and had it burned it off, you’d wash it and clean it every day.

— Nick Nolte

Southern California is a nice place, if you could cut out the show-business cancer. It just keeps spreading.

— P. J. O’Rourke

Enoki mushrooms, a tasty variety commonly sold in grocery stores, were one of the first mushrooms studied for preventing cancer.

— Paul Stamets

I hate to talk about typecasting, because being typecast as Columbo ain’t cancer.

— Peter Falk

Cancer is the most pernicious, insidious, disgusting disease of life.

— Pierce Brosnan

Cancer is a very sad thing, but you can always take something from every experience.

— Pierce Brosnan

What we discovered, counter-intuitively, is that when you start killing a cancer cell, one of the things it does in order to survive is to spread even further. It causes itself to form new blood vessels. We’ve termed this ‘reactionary angiogenesis.’

— Patrick Soon-Shiong

We’re really going after truly creating sustainability of a disease-free state, creating a complete system for managing cancer patients for life, so that you can manage from onset of disease all the way through.

— Patrick Soon-Shiong

We need to think of chronic disease, hypertension, cancer, like H1N1. In fact, there’s an epidemic of chronic disease.

— Patrick Soon-Shiong

There was one point where my mother was dying of lung cancer, and a journalist dressed up as a nurse and got in the house to get a picture of her, dying of lung cancer and stuff like that, and then you realise the fame’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

— Pete Burns

Cancer cells come pre-programmed to execute a well-defined cascade of changes, seemingly designed to facilitate both their enhanced survival and their dissemination through the bloodstream. There is even an air of conspiracy in the way that tumours use chemical signals to create cancer-friendly niches in remote organs.

— Paul Davies

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

Cancer touches every family in one way or another. As other diseases are brought under control, cancer is set to become the number one killer, and is already in epidemic proportions worldwide.

— Paul Davies

Astonishingly, in spite of decades of research, there is no agreed theory of cancer, no explanation for why, inside almost all healthy cells, there lurks a highly efficient cancer subroutine that can be activated by a variety of agents – radiation, chemicals, inflammation and infection.

— Paul Davies

I don’t eat fast food any more, not since I got cancer.

— Paul Henderson

The diagnosis was immediate: Masses matting the lungs and deforming the spine. Cancer. In my neurosurgical training, I had reviewed hundreds of scans for fellow doctors to see if surgery offered any hope. I’d scribble in the chart ‘Widely metastatic disease – no role for surgery,’ and move on. But this scan was different: It was my own.

— Paul Kalanithi

Before my cancer was diagnosed, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn’t know when. After the diagnosis, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn’t know when. But now I knew it acutely.

— Paul Kalanithi

It’s so important to encourage the use of suncream, tan in a bottle and the disuse of sunbeds which are known world-wide as causes of skin cancer.

— Peter Andre

I have no cancer. I have four illnesses, but they are not fatal.

— Rodrigo Duterte

If there is a problem, and you don’t say anything about it, it’s like a cancer and it becomes bigger.

— Ruud Gullit

How could God allow cancer, poverty, the sheer unfairness of so many lives?

— Ruth Rendell

As a company, we don’t contribute to any cause except noncontroversial things like a breast cancer walk. I don’t know anybody who is ‘for’ breast cancer.

— Richard Hayne

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

— Robin Quivers

In a way, cancer is so simple and so natural. The older you get, this is just one of the things that happens as the clock ticks.

— Richard Smalley

It was part of the reason I almost didn’t go public with my diagnosis – I was embarrassed. I felt, ‘Oh, I’ve always talked about exercising. And I got cancer.’ And then I realized it’s a great example of showing that cancer can hit anyone at any time.

— Robin Roberts

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

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

From pink water bottles for breast cancer to dumping a bucket of ice water on your head for neuromuscular conditions, it seems we’re bombarded by requests to be ‘aware’ of one thing or another.

— Stella Young

Many badly needed goals, like fusion and cancer cure, would be achieved much sooner if we invested more.

— Stephen Hawking

When they tell you that you have cancer, you panic.

— Sofia Vergara

When you’re no longer ill, and everyone’s gotten over the fact that you’ve had cancer, that core of steel doesn’t go away, and then I had to find other channels for it.

— Sam Taylor-Wood

My dad was diagnosed with cancer, so we ended up burying him a year to the day that he was diagnosed.

— Seann William Scott

I had seen cancer at a more cellular level as a researcher. The first time I entered the cancer ward, my first instinct was to withdraw from what was going on – the complexity, the death. It was a very bleak time.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

Cancer is not just a dividing cell. It’s a complex disease: It invades, it metastasizes, it evades the immune system.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

We know cancer is caused ultimately via a link between the environment and genes. There are genes inside cells that tell cells to grow and the same genes tell cells to stop growing. When you deregulate these genes, you unleash cancer. Now, what disrupts these genes? Mutations.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

Cancer has enormous diversity and behaves differently: it’s highly mutable, the evolutionary principles are very complicated and often its capacity to be constantly mystifying comes as a big challenge.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

If there’s a seminal discovery in oncology in the last 20 years, it’s that idea that cancer genes are often mutated versions of normal genes.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

There’s a phrase in Shakespeare: he refers to it as the ‘hidden imposthume’, and this idea of a hidden swelling is seminal to cancer. But even in more contemporary writing it’s called ‘the big C’.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

There is a duality in recognising what an incredible disease it is – in terms of its origin, that it emerges out of a normal cell. It’s a reminder of what a wonderful thing a normal cell is. In a very cold, scientific sense, I think a cancer cell is a kind of biological marvel.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

We don’t know why, but pancreatic cancer has a very interesting physiological link to depression. There seems to be a deep link, and we don’t know what it is.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

There’s a rising cancer trend and, as I said, one of the major contributors is the overall ageing of the population – we aren’t dying of other things, so we’re dying of cancer.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

The idea that cancer genes are sitting inside each and every one of our chromosomes, just waiting to be corrupted or inactivated and thereby unleashing cancer, is, of course, one of the seminal ideas of oncology.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

It turns out that the very genes that turn on in cancer cells perform vital functions in normal cells. In other words, the very genes that allow our embryos to grow or our brains to grow, our bodies to grow, if you mutate them, if you distort them, then you unleash cancer.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

We now have poured in an enormous amount of resources into cancer. The National Cancer Institute Project, you know, runs about $5 billion a year. That’s a large amount of money, but let’s not be grandiose about the amount of money we’re actually spending on a problem that is attacking us at the most fundamental level of the human species.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

I think you would have to be a nihilist to say that we are not making progress on cancer, just like you’d have to be hubristically optimistic to say that we have conquered cancer.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

Each of us knows a few or several young people whose lives have been devastated by cancer. I don’t mean to be nihilistic about it, but it is very much an active killer of people now.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.

— Stuart Scott

That was just kind of a surprise when the doctor said, ‘We did a biopsy on your appendix, and you have cancer.’

— Stuart Scott

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

In December 1988, my mother died of lung cancer. I died too. I couldn’t function.

— Sandra Dee

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

In all these years, I’ve always tried to emphasize and to promote the need to combat the Mafia. Because it is a cancer which is oppressive and which stifles everybody’s freedom and reduces the possibility for the areas in which it’s present to prosper and to develop.

— Sergio Mattarella

We all live in fear of cancer, but to be told you have skin cancer was terrifying.

— Stephanie Beacham

At first, they told me it was just bile-duct cancer, but once they went in, they removed the gallbladder, the head of my pancreas, and a foot-and-a-half of my small intestine, and built me another bile duct and connected it to my stomach. It turned out to be pancreatic cancer, stage two, so, very aggressive.

— Sharon Jones

The first generation of biotech physically cut and pasted from one organism to another. You learned that taxol helped cure cancer, then you found the source organism and extracted the genes to make your drug. Now physical science is becoming information science.

— Steve Jurvetson

I’m an honorary ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer, and I’m also associated with St. Jude’s.

— Sofia Vassilieva

Cancer has given me a dose of humility. I’m much more empathetic. It’s a club I would rather not have joined, but it is a club.

— Tom Brokaw

The cancer is in remission, and I will shortly go on a drug maintenance regimen to keep it there.

— Tom Brokaw

Like millions of others, I have been plagued by the devastating effects of cancer hitting not one, but multiple members of my family.

— Tom DeLonge

Physical activity – even if you don’t lose an ounce, you’ll live longer, feel healthier and be less likely to get cancer, heart disease, stroke and arthritis. It’s the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.

— Tom Frieden

I first found out I had cancer on my eye and lost an eye to this disease when I was 16, and I’ve since had cancer in my kidneys and pancreas and a host of other areas.

— Tom Rath

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

— Tom Rath

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

— Terri Clark

Even though I’m not running anymore, we still have to try to find a cure for cancer. Other people should go ahead and try to do their own thing now.

— Terry Fox

It wasn’t until after the reduction that in the lab work, the pathology, that they found that I had DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in my left breast. I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage-zero cancer. So I was very lucky.

— Wanda Sykes

I had breast cancer. Yeah, I know it’s scary.

— Wanda Sykes

Movies are fun, but they’re not a cure for cancer.

— Warren Beatty

In mid-July 2007, after a routine mammogram, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As cancer diagnoses go, mine wasn’t particularly scary. The affected area was small, and the surgeon seemed to think that a lumpectomy followed by radiation would eradicate the cancerous tissue.

— Virginia Postrel
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