182+ Best Cancer Survivor Quotes: Exclusive Selection

A cancer survivor is a person with cancer of any type who is still living. Whether a person becomes a survivor at the time of diagnosis or after completing treatment, whether people who are actively dying are considered survivors, and whether healthy friends and family members of the cancer patient are also considered survivors, varies from group to group. Profoundly inspirational cancer survivor quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Cancer Survivor Quotes

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

I cried like a baby. When no one could see me or hear me. Not because I feared what cancer would do, but because I didn’t want the disease. I wanted my life to be normal, which it could no longer be. – Yuvraj Singh

Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway. By Crystal – Cervical cancer survivor

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. – Kurt Vonnegut by Heather – Bladder Cancer Survivor

Faith doesn’t always mean that God changes your situation, sometimes it means he changes you. – Steven Furtick

Family support is the biggest love on earth. – Anton (Brain cancer patient)

Breast cancer is being detected at an earlier, more treatable stage these days, largely because women are taking more preventive measures, like self-exams and regular mammograms. And treatment is getting better too. – Elizabeth Hurley

You sometimes have to look back, to see how far your journey has taken youKandice Welch – Thyroid cancer survivor

You can’t control some of the things that happen in your life, but you can control the way you look at them. by Lina Miranda – stomach cancer survivor

Cancer is not a straight line. It’s up and down. – Elizabeth Edwards

Darkness exists so that stars can shine. by Gemma – Thyroid cancer survivor

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

One minute at a time! Some days are too much to handle so break it down. Deal with the moment in front of you and worry about the next when you get there. – Corie mogenis (thyroid cancer survivor)

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning. – Joseph Campbell

Nah. I’m a tough cookie. Except for the cancer, I’m fine. – Lisa Scottoline

Give your morning to god and he will give you the day. – Carmel Murphy by Cindy minter (Breast cancer survivor)

Never, never, never give up. – Winston Churchill

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

Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. – Emma rose wiggins (Thyroid cancer survivor)

Always be inspired on every trial you face for these are stepping stones for a higher purpose – Juano Ocampo (brain cancer patient).

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein

Everyone has a story. Cancer tried to end my life story. I decided to write another chapter. John – colon cancer survivor

I think cancer is a hard battle to fight alone or with another person at your side, but I will say having someone to pick you up when you fall, stand by your side through every appointment and delivery of bad news, is priceless. – Jenna Morasca

Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.. Lisa Ward – hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor

Believe in miracles by Siobhan moxhay (Myeloma patient).

Speak up or forever hold no peace. by Courtenea Brown – leukemia survivor

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

Do not make permanent decisions based off of temporary feelings. – Brandi Benson

Carpe scrotiem! Don’t be afraid to check yourself and talk about your ‘boys’ with your boys!Justin – testicular cancer survivor

All we’ve got is hope, and we hang on to that every single day. – Caleb scott (brain cancer survivor)

You can achieve anything you set your mind to. – Jimmy (brain cancer survivor).

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Keep going don’t stop! Kgds! by Barbara – Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor

You are not in charge of the life you are given, but you are in charge of how you choose to live it. by Crystal Bierbaum – Thyroid cancer fighter

For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love. – Carl Sagan by Nora Mcmahon (ovarian cancer survivor).

Always believe!!! – Kay (leukemia survivor)

I personally know women who are breast cancer survivors and will do all I can to support the cause. Besides, I love boobies! – Jane Wiedlin

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

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy. – Felicia Hemans

Be your own healthcare advocate. You owe it to yourself and the people that love you. Dawnia – kidney cancer survivor

I was a vegetarian first. I had high blood pressure at , everybody in my family died of cancer, and I knew it was in the food, so I changed my diet. – John Salley

If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for itLaura – Melanoma survivor

There will come a time in life when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. – Bishop (thyroid cancer survivor)

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. – Kenji Miyazawa

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

I want men to know that things really do get better — and they get better fairly rapidly. Don’t get discouraged. – George Campbell, prostate cancer survivor

Cancer is a word, not a sentence. – John Diamon

Love yourself, you are your longest commitment. – Mia Sophia (lymphoma survivor)

The Human Spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. – C.C. Scott

We can’t direct the wind, but we can direct the sails. by Assia (Leukemia patient)

During chemo, you’re more tired than you’ve ever been. It’s like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you’re out. You don’t know how you’ll answer the door when your groceries are delivered. But you also find that you’re stronger than you’ve ever been. You’re clear. Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception. Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it’s instantaneous. – Melissa Bank

You can fight this, there’s no other option! By Julie – colon cancer survivor

Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.

Now I’ve thought of another: Never give up. Never surrender. – Jason Nesmit

Keep putting one foot in front of the other. That’s all you need to do right now – said by my radiologist the day I was diagnosed. by Jen – breast cancer survivor

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. – Ambrose Redmoon

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

We acquire the strength we have overcome. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dance, dance for today and dance for tomorrow. – Valory newton (osteosarcoma survivor)

Don’t worry about tomorrow as it only ruins today. Cara (cervical cancer fighter)

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

I want to see cancer cured in my lifetime. It might be. – James D. Watson

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

I am not thankful for cancer but I am thankful for what cancer has taught me. – Brett conley (leukemia survivor)

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

Do something today that your future self will thank you for. By Hannah – thyroid cancer survivor

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. – Scott Hamilton

Fght for your life because you’re better than cancer. by Jourdan – thyroid cancer survivor

No one fights alone’, ‘let’s do this!’, and ‘I wish cancer would get cancer and die’Cedrik – Mulitple Myeloma survivor

Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me. – Ingrid Bergman

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. – Max Ehrmann by Catalina Ritzinger – multiple cancer survivor

Cancer doesn’t define who you are, you do it, so keep going. by Marla – thyroid cancer survivor

It takes balls to survive testicular cancer.

You were assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.Shanee wilson – lymphoma survivor

Cricket is my life. Before the cancer, I was happy-go-lucky. I used to think about my career and worry about the future. But post it, my thinking has completely changed. I’m happy to eat and breathe normally. I’m happy to have my life back. – Yuvraj Singh

No pain we endure, no trial we experience is ever wasted – Orsion f. Whitney by Megan – dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans survivor

Life is much better when you choose happy. Despite your uncontrollable circumstances you have the choice to choose happy and to choose life. by Lakeia Clark

Some people are fit and healthy, they may live for a short time or a long time. I had cancer, I might live for a short time or a long time. So, the message is just live!– Julie Randall (Melanoma survivor)

Life is not about how you die but how you live. I have it tattooed on my backSarah – Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor

Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts – it’s what you do with what you have left. – Hubert Humphrey, after cancer surgery in

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. – Cayla Mills

I had cancer but cancer never had me. by Julia spurge salerno – Ewing’s Sarcoma survivor

Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. – Alex Karras

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me. – Dr. Seuss

Movies are fun, but they are no cure for cancer. – Clint Eastwood

I’m going to beat this cancer or die trying. – Michael Landon

Cancer is such a ruthless adversary because it behaves as if it has its own fiendishly cunning agenda. – Paul Davies

I didn’t know anything about breast cancer when I got it. – Rue McClanahan

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt by Meredith Winn – bone cancer survivor

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what sunflowers do. By Emma (Breast cancer survivor)

Whether you’re a mother or father, or a husband or a son, or a niece or a nephew or uncle, breast cancer doesn’t discriminate.’ – Stephanie McMahon

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

Life is too short not to live it to its fullest. By Becky – Stage  Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor

You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience by Jaime hall – Oligodendroglioma survivor

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

A cancer diagnosis changes you forever. You always remember the moment it came.

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. – Maori Proverb

Cancer is only a chapter in my life, not my whole story. Leanne – chronic myeloid leukemia survivor

Life is a very precious gift. And unfortunately, you don’t truly realize it until you are fighting to stay alive. by Tiffani – Acute promyelocytic leukemia survivor

Cancer is that awful word we all fear when we go to the doctor for a physical exam, but in that brief dark moment we hear it the world we live in and the people we share it with begin to illuminate things we did not even pay attention to. – BD Phillips

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. – Katherine Paterson

Cancer is messy and scary. You throw everything at it, but don’t forget to throw love at it. It turns out that might be the best weapon of all. – Regina Brett

You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life. – Male Cancer

This too shall pass – Lana Bauwens (Colon cancer survivor)

Cancer is awful. It took  years until I didn’t think about it every day. Nobody should go through this. Nobody. – Hans Rosling

Breast cancer is scary and no one understands that like another woman who has gone through it too. – Mindy Sterling

There is no hope unmingled with fear, no fear unmingled with hope. – Baruch Spinoza

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans :Nicole body – Sarcoma survivor

You are not your scars. – Malisa morris (breast cancer survivor)

Every woman needs to know the facts. And the fact is, when it comes to breast cancer, every woman is at risk. – Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. – Robert Brault

Don’t count the days, make the days count. – Muhammad Ali

Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it – C. Assad by Rach Dimare (breast cancer survivor)

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

Breast cancer, whether I like it or not, is part of my family’s story. That’s why I am so passionate about raising awareness, because I have seen firsthand how it can impact others. – DeAngelo Williams

Never give up. Keep fighting. No excuses. Be the best you. by Jenn roder – Thyroid cancer survivor

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. by David Cruz – lymphoma survivor

You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset. – Dave Pelzer

She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breath taking mosaic of the battles she’s won. by Nicole Munoz – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor

Since I had cancer I’ve realised that every day is a bonus. – Geoffrey Boycott

Having cancer gave me membership in an elite club I’d rather not belong to. – Gilda Radner

You don’t have free will when you have lung cancer. – Bill O’Reilly

If you have a friend or family member with breast cancer, try not to look at her with ‘sad eyes.’ Treat her like you always did; just show a little extra love. – Hoda Kotb

Stay persistent. Cam – cervical cancer survivor

Hope is the physician of each misery. – Irish proverb

The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years. – Edward J. Stieglitz

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me by Brenda – breast cancer survivor

Breast cancer deaths in America have been declining for more than a decade. Much of that success is due to early detection and better treatments for women. I strongly encourage women to get a mammogram. – Larry Craig

Beating cancer is personal battle. It was one of the toughest opponents I have faced so far, and I think I did reasonably well. Touch wood. – Yuvraj Singh

See it, believe it, Be It! – Marie

Rejoice rebuild the storm has passed by Ammy – brain cancer patient

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength – Mahatma Gandhi “The journey you are on is purposeful; easy or difficult. It’s a journey created for you by god so don’t fight it, simply trust in his will -Natalie wilson (Breast Cancer Survivor)

Life’s challenges can make us bitter or better. Choose to learn and grow, not to be a victim of circumstances. by Amy – lung cancer patient.

The first step to happiness is accepting who you are and where you are- the rest will follow after that by Daynah (Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor)

Die with memories, not dreams – Rob Guarino (nasal sinus carcinoma survivor)

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

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

Cancer has shown me what family is. It showed me a love that I never knew really existed. – Michael Douglas

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. – Emory Austin

Spare no day, no minute, no second. Time isn’t promised, but it is permitted.By Jamilah lawry- cervical cancer survivor

Live, love, laugh and repeat because life is fragile! Celebrate every win and create your own happiness!! By Kimberly coleman – Stage  rectal cancer

Cancer opens many doors. One of the most important is your heart. – Greg Anderson

I’m battling cancer. It’s another battle I intend to win – Arlen Specter

Live like there is no tomorrow by Jen – thyroid cancer patient

It comes down to a simple choice really: get busy living, or get busy dying. – from The Shawshank Redemption by Laurie – tongue cancer survivor

I’m battling cancer. It’s another battle I intend to win. – Arlen Specter

Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.

The devil whispered in my ear, “you’re not strong enough to withstand the storm. today I whispered in the devil’s ear, “I am the storm. by Sophie wardle – brain cancer fighter

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

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. – Herm Albright

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at a time of challenge and controversy. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Be brave, be bold and thrive in the life you have. You never know when it’s going to change. by Benjamin Prewitt – Oropharyngeal cancer survivor

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. Sarah – Thyroid cancer survivor

Life is mostly froth and bubble, but two things stand like stone: friendship in another’s trials and courage in your own. – Princess Diana

Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always. – Hippocrates

Fight until you have no more fight to give and then fight some more.Gemma – Kidney cancer survivor

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

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, cancer survivor

Emotions are dangerous, they can cloud and distort your vision as well as the people around you, take a second and think it through yourself. – Destiny Carson (thyroid cancer survivor)

Surviving cancer is not the end of a gruesome story, it’s the beginning of a beautiful one. by Casey- thyroid cancer patient

I’m in good shape. My cancer means I have lost a lot of organs and I’m a lot lighter. I have devoted myself to yoga and I’m doing handstands. – Eve Ensler

Cancer is only going to be a chapter in your life, not the whole story – Joe Wasser by Jennifer (thyroid cancer patient)

Scars are tattoos with better stories. – Unknown

Breathe. It’s only a bad day, not a bad life -Johnny Depp by Jailyne (lymphoma survivor)

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 I believe in something, I fight like hell for it! – Steve Mcqueen by Merak – GIST survivor

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of god in Christ Jesus our lord. – Romans :-Marissa Henley (Angiosarcoma survivor)

I am going to beat this cancer or die trying.

Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient. – Jennifer Aniston

Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest.

Working out is my way of saying to cancer, ‘You’re trying to invade my body; you’re trying to take me away from my daughters, but I’m stronger than you. And I’m going to hit harder than you. – Stuart Scott

I love saying ‘fear is just a thought. Thoughts can be changed.’Josh perry – Brain tumor survivor

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously. -HUNTER S. THOMPSON

I may have cancer, but cancer will never have me! By Kere – breast cancer survivor

You have to be “courageous through cancer by Via – leukemia survivor

More men die of jealousy than of cancer. – Joseph P. Kennedy

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

Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength – I saw this once on Instagram from another cancer patient, you must use what life throws at you to become the best person you can.Bronte – Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma survivor

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

Optimism is the foundation of courage. – Nicholas Murray Butler

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